A new strict dress code introduced by Tottenville High School in Staten Island has students and parents alike up in arms, and has lead to a mass detention of 200 school kids.
Ninety percent of the 200 kids who were made to sit in detention were girls detained by school authorities over the past two weeks for wearing tank tops, short-shorts, and other less-than-modest attire which the school deemed “inappropriate.”
High school junior Ashley Silberberg wore a T-shirt that revealed a 2-inch midriff on September 5, with temperatures topping a sweltering 87 degrees.
The dean’s office stopped her and 100 other school kids who were sent to the auditorium while their parents were called and asked to drop off more “appropriate” clothing for their children. If the kids’ parents were unobtainable, the girls were made to wear school-logo gym shorts and a T-shirt. The next day, 100 more kids were similarly punished, reports the New York Post.
Silberberg told reporters, “I was, like, flipping out, cursing mad, and I said, like, ‘You know I’m not gonna wear this!’” Referring to her gym clothes she added, “I took it off as soon as I walked out.”
The school’s handbook talks about the zero-tolerance dress code on pages 32 and 33 under a section called, “Dress for Success,” which, in reality, sees 15 members of school staff patrolling the students every morning looking to punish them for exposed skin.
In addition to tank tops and short-shorts, the dress code forbids miniskirts, leggings, skinny jeans, headbands, halter tops, sweats, hats, hoodies, sunglasses, and more.
CBS Local reported that Aimee Horowitz, the District 31 Superintendent who oversees Totterville, said in a statement to the New York Post that immodest clothing is banned in the school because it “creates a distraction, is dangerous or interferes with the learning and teaching process.”
Vincent Candelieri, a father-of-three who sends his kids to the school, is even considering a lawsuit against the school, claiming that the Dean has control issues.
“Scarmato is a total control freak,” he said.
Nevertheless, some parents support the imposed strict dress code at the school. Sasha German, a mother who sends her daughter to the school, noted that, “The girls wear these little booty shorts that you can see the crease of their buttocks. They look like they’re training to work in strip clubs.”