Local middle school to ban skirts this coming year



Posted on June 2, 2010 at 6:48 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 2 at 6:48 PM

Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) - Girls at one Louisville middle school will have to put their skirts away when heading back to school in August.

Its pants only now for students at Barret Traditional Middle School in Crescent Hill and some parents are fired up.

Any time the subject of dress code comes up, there are always mixed opinions.

Some parents say the school is taking away a girls right to look like a girl.

When the decision was made Tuesday, a group of outraged moms reached out to WHAS11 News.

No one wanted to go on camera but one mother agreed to talk to WHAS11 as long as we didn't reveal her identity.

“That is what separates them.  All kids can wear polo shirts and pants, but the skirts to separate the girls from the boys and I feel that is part of the femininity.  It’s been that way since the beginning of time,” she says.

The new dress code policy does increase the option for different types of pants for students.

The principal says staffers at Barret came forward expressing their concern over how much time was spent enforcing the skirt dress code among the young ladies.

“When we add up all the minutes that teachers were giving up, we acquit it to taking almost 23 instructional days out of our school year for dress code,” says the principal.

WHAS11’s Renee Murphy checked with all the middle schools in Jefferson County Public Schools and two other schools besides Barret have also banned skirts.

What do you think? Is it fair?

We want to hear from you.  Send Renee Murphy an email at rmurphy@whas11.com with your thoughts.