Note in Alberta school: Don't dress like a 'THOT' because it 'puts boys at risk'

Nisean Lorde
‘You are putting boys at risk of having a distracting working environment and saying, ‘your clothing is more important than their education…’<em> (Photo: Getty)</em>
‘You are putting boys at risk of having a distracting working environment and saying, ‘your clothing is more important than their education…’ (Photo: Getty)

A high school in the small community of Breton, Alta., has sparked debate after warning female students that dressing provocatively can lead to a “distractive working environment.”

The memo was posted across hallways at Breton High School and reportedly stated:

“When you wear little to no clothing and dress provocatively because it’s ‘too hot out’ or because you think it’s ‘attractive,’ you are putting boys at risk of having a distracting working environment and saying, ‘your clothing is more important than their education.’ Instead of dressing like a THOT, value the male education and dress conservatively.”

“THOT”, by the way, is slang for “that ho over there.”

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One parent told Global News that two male students wrote the controversial note in response to another note posted to the bathroom mirror, which stated:

“When you interrupt a girl’s school day to force her to change her clothes, or send her home because her shorts are too short or her bra straps are too visible, you are telling her that making sure boys have a ‘distraction free’ environment is more important than her education. Instead of shaming girls for their bodies teach boys that girls are not sexual objects.”

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“Instead of shaming girls for their bodies teach boys that girls are not sexual objects.”<em> (Photo: Getty)</em>
“Instead of shaming girls for their bodies teach boys that girls are not sexual objects.” (Photo: Getty)

High school principal Lara Jollymore confirmed the legitimacy of the notes and sent a note home to parents regarding school dress codes. According to Global Calgary, that note stated:

“There are some female students who have posted their opinions about how they feel that they should be able to wear whatever clothes they wish at school, because they have the right to, and that ladies should not be objectified by gentlemen because it is wrong.”

“The gentlemen have responded by posting their opinions about how the school is a professional learning environment, and that ladies should respect that by wearing clothes that meet the dress code, and do not distract them, because even though it is not appropriate for gentlemen to objectify ladies, when ladies wear extremely provocative clothing, they can be distracted.”

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“…even though it is not appropriate for gentlemen to objectify ladies, when ladies wear extremely provocative clothing, they can be distracted.”<em> (Photo: Getty)</em>
“…even though it is not appropriate for gentlemen to objectify ladies, when ladies wear extremely provocative clothing, they can be distracted.” (Photo: Getty)

She reportedly said that the“inappropriate acronym” in the boys’ post will be addressed — and students must be respectful when expressing their opinions, since the school is a safe environment to “deal with controversial issues.” Jollymore also made it clear that the opinions expressed were those of students, not staff.

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Breton High School dress code states shorts and skirts must exceed the length of arms and the inseam of shorts must be the minimum of one hand length. Straps for shirts must be three fingers wide for both male and female students and bra straps have to be covered. Students also have to cover up cleavage and navels and pants must be pulled up so that boxers aren’t exposed. Any images or wording on clothing have to be appropriate for a school environment — and no hats allowed.

“Any students not following these procedures will be required to change their clothing or will be sent home,” the policy states.

What do you think — did the notes go too far?

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