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    Filed at 10:17 am under by dcobranchi

    In a start of the school year article, the Wilmington News-Journal has a piece on the never ending battle between administrators and girls who want to wear bare-it-all clothing. I found this section a little strange, though:

    Anne Humphrey, principal at Brick Mill Elementary School in Middletown and a member of the committee that fashioned the rule. “Short skirts were also a problem.”

    [Brick Mill Elementary School principal Anne] Humphrey said parents who choose the optional uniform have the choice of skirts, shorts, dresses, jumpers or pants in black, navy blue or khaki. Dresses, jumpers and skirts must not rise above a girl’s fingertips when her arms are relaxed at her sides.

    “That allows for a pretty good distance above the knee, but it cuts down on the ones that are real short,” Humphrey said.

    I just tried a little experiment here. If I used their guideline on myself, I could easily be arrested for indecent exposure. Either I have unusually short arms or they’ve enrolled gorillas in Middletown.


    Comment by
    September 8th, 2003
    at 10:32 am

    Maybe you have short arms and a long body. 🙂

    My husband’s kilt would be about 3-4 inches or so below the danger zone and my skirt would be 2 inches below.

    Or maybe we’re baboons.

    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    September 8th, 2003
    at 12:08 pm

    I think the former. I am long-waisted (5’11” with 30″ legs). My brother, though, is even more distorted. He’s an inch taller with legs shorter than mine.

    Comment by
    September 8th, 2003
    at 1:16 pm

    The fingertip thing has always struck me as a bit short. Kids aren’t always standing still with their arms relaxed at their sides. At my daughter’s parochial elementary school, if there were questions about the shortness of a girl’s skirt, it had to touch the floor with her kneeling. Still, I put bicycle shorts on mine to go under the skirt. The monkey bars were her favorite thing on the playground. : )

    Comment by
    September 9th, 2003
    at 8:59 am

    Because one elementary school I went to REQUIRED shorts under skirts, I was always much more active and happy on the playground (since I was the sort of little girl who loved to wear skirts anyway). Plus there was no danger of accidentally bending the wrong way, falling down and being embarrassed, or falling victim to some rude little boy who thought it was funny to look up girls’ skirts.

    Comment by
    November 19th, 2003
    at 8:06 pm

    Thank Goodness the fine administrators are taking steps to keep exemplary academic environments in our schools. Much praise for their continued effort.

    Comment by
    May 1st, 2004
    at 6:51 pm

    In recent years there has been a bog swing toward uni sex uniforms. This usually means that the girls wear some form of shorts. I believe that an un spoken message that the girls get is that it is not good to be a girl. That to be successful, you have to be a boy. So you have to look like a boy, talk like a boy, fight like a boy, be single minded like a boy and so on. Many of which many girls are not. Be careful in how you read this, I NOT saying that we should say only girls can do this and boys can do that.
    Maybe there is something that a girl learns by wearing a skirt. A little embarrassed giggle here and there is important – maybe that gives her identity. A knowledge that she is a valuable human being. Not a boy but a GIRL. Unique, special, intriguing not a thing dressed up as a boy.

    I sometimes wonder if the reason it is so fashionable among tweens and teens to wear such skimpy outfits is because we have made their school clothes so gender nullifying. Maybe if the girls had to wear shortish skirts more then they would be less likely to wear really short skirts in their own time. Also schools are a nice safe environment. I much prefer my daughter to wear short skirts to school and longer skirts when out and about.