Mayor Furious Because School Administrator's Sexist Comments to Her Daughter

One mother, who happens to be the mayor of Palm Beach County, Florida, was not surprised her daughter got a dress code violation for wearing ripped jeans to school. What did surprise her was the sexist thing the school administrator told her daughter. The mom is now campaigning to raise awareness about the issue.

Mayor Melissa McKinlay is furious that school administrators expect her teen daughter to be responsible for the hormonal urges her male classmates might have. She took to Facebook to vent after her she got a message from her teen about the incident. She is taking action, and some people have slammed her for it. McKinlay says those people are missing the point.

“In the middle of a quiz in her IB History class, a male administrator came to [the] classroom [and] told her she needed to consider the guys in her class and their hormones when choosing her wardrobe,” McKinlay vented in the Facebook post.

“I’m sorry but EXCUSE ME?” the mom added. “Perhaps she should have worn a different pair of jeans. But why should she have to worry about dressing a certain way to curtail a boy’s potential behavior?”

After McKinlay shared the experience, many people came forward to agree with her-- it is not a young girl's responsibility to worry about whether or not the boys around her can control their hormones. Her daughter wasn't in school dressed provocatively; the tear only exposed one knee.

"Did he pull the boys out who were wearing shorts? They have TWO knees showing?” McKinlay ranted in her Facebook post.

It's nothing new for school society to send the message that girls need to watch what they wear or they are bothering the boys, or somehow deserving of it when a boy doesn't control himself and crosses the line.

"Really? Just, really? The publicly funded school system is still in the business of protecting the precarious male hormones/egos? Thank you for posting, it’s time parents decided to speak up," said one commenter in response.

"Frustrates me when a teacher/authority figure sends such a poor message. Hopefully the administration at this school will address the issue and send a better and stronger message to the teacher that shamed and to the student body in general," said another.

Others slammed McKinlay for defending her daughter. A writer with the Palm Beach Post even wrote a column complaining that the mayor 'missed her chance' to teach her daughter that people 'learn to follow orders and obey rules' in schools.

McKinlay blasted the reporter, saying she didn't miss her chance at all; she taught her daughter two lessons that day. The first was that she needed to follow school dress code rules. The second was that the administrator of the school was wrong to sexualize her and make her responsible for other people's hormones.

"Lesson #2 is the one so many people seem to be missing. My daughter then told me how upset she was that a male authority figure at the school explained to her that she needed to think about the way her clothes made boys feel. I rightfully became as upset as she was," McKinlay wrote in a follow-up post on Facebook.

The mayor says she’s had some productive meetings with the principal and the school board, and is glad that the timely issue is being addressed.

Source: Yahoo
Photos: Melissa McKinla/Twitter/Facebook

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