August 17, 2005

Stupid People Shouldn't Breed

I was over at blog brother, That1Guy’s and he had THIS post about t-shirts with chocolate smelling pictures... strategically placed… I’ll leave it at that. You can see his link to the t-shirt models. And rest assured, as always, the comments are worth it at his post.

But it reminded me of a story. I was at a board meeting for our school because, as you remember, my stint as the school treasurer is 2 years. This is the last. I hope. On the board are two teacher representatives, great ladies these women.

Something came up at the meeting that when it is free dress day (the kids wear uniforms at our school) that there can be no writing on the front of the t-shirt. I think this is a new policy effective as of last year… when one of the teachers told me it was free dress day and in walked two of her students, 12 year old girls. These two girls were wearing t-shirts that had a big chocolate bar on the front. The bottom corner of the candy bar was above the right breast and it had a bite taken from it. Under the Chocolate bar it said, ‘Bite Me’.

Oh yes. She said she couldn’t believe it. Bites taken right over the right nipple. What kind of Mother would allow their TWELVE year old daughters to wear a t-shirt like that to school?!!!

I sat there, mouth agape, in complete shock and horror. The other parents, who have middle school kids, seemed non-plussed. Not me. I was stunned, appalled, and mystified by the behavior and made it quite evident by my reaction.

I can’t believe a parent (mom or dad) would allow their 12 year old to own a t-shirt like that. Who runs their home? The 12 year old or the parent?

I can’t believe a parent would allow their kid to wear that to school… a Christian school at that… on free dress day.

I can’t believe a parent would allow their TWELVE year old to wear that to school. At that age, most of the boys are walking hormones.

And to make it worse, she said a girl came in that same day wearing a t-shirt with a picture girl lying prone across her chest and under the body picture it said, “Just do me”.

I nearly choked when she told me that. “Just do me”.

The teacher made the girls go into the bathrooms and turn their t-shirts inside out and wear them that way the rest of the day. They started the new rule of no print on t-shirts as the principal said, “Our days should be about teaching, not about policing what children wear to school on the few free dress days they have.”

Stupid parents. Stupid stupid parents.

Posted by Boudicca at August 17, 2005 09:38 PM | TrackBack

My lil sis has to wear a uniform too! It's great! Not worrying about what clothes to wear...not worrying about seeing stuff like that, not buying tons of "school clothes".

They can wear red, white, or blue polo shirts and dark denim, black or khaki pants. Skirts and shorts must be below their knees.

This is a traditional school....and I love it! And so does she!

Posted by: Sissy at August 17, 2005 10:14 PM

There are just too many straight lines in this one so I'll be nice. But it does seem to me that there are a lot of young ladies that are 12 going on thirty walking around today. The last time I was on the beach-maybe thre or four years ago I saw some that couldn't have been over 12 or 13 in t-backs and bndaids and there was really nothing for the bandaids to cover. But they were showing it all anyway. My vote for the uniforms!

Posted by: GUYK at August 17, 2005 10:43 PM

Kids aren't even kids anymore. My cousin's kid has been dressing like she was in her mid-twenties since she was thirteen. She's seventeen, and has many guys thinking she's twenty-one, at the very least. Some think she's older.

She doesn't wear stuff like that, but damn... they go from pigtails and ribbons to makeup by Sherwin Williams.

Posted by: That 1 Guy at August 17, 2005 10:50 PM

Who bought that shirt for them??? Unbelievable.

Posted by: vw bug at August 18, 2005 06:59 AM

Stupid is as stupid does. Or something.

There's many a parent I want to slap upside the head. I usually tell the kids what's wrong. At that age, they don't dare talk back, they just sit there in shock. I guess most of them go tell their parents and their parents tell them I'm a lunatic, but hey, I get my point across to the kids.

Posted by: Ogre at August 18, 2005 07:25 AM

My oldest is 12, and I see how some of the kids in his school dress. I just don't think the parents care anymore.

Posted by: Contagion at August 18, 2005 08:28 AM

Stupid... stupid... stupid...
I have now perfected the 'what the hell were you thinking?!?' look for parents of these likes.

Posted by: Princess Cat at August 18, 2005 08:28 AM

"What were they thinking?"

They weren't thinking, even a tiny bit.

Go back to the title of Bou's post. If they were "thinking," they'd have used birth control and not created the poor kids they don't have time or energy or brains to raise properly in the first place.

Posted by: George at August 18, 2005 11:25 AM

Wow, but I've seen the same things at the school my son goes to on free dress day, nothing quite as bad, but some outfits that make you wonder just what the "parent" (and I use that phrase loosely here) was thinking letting out the child out of the house wearing clothes more suited for a 20-year old college student than a 14-year old Catholic schoolgirl, and I won't even get started on what they actually wear to church sometimes. Just think what they wear at public school, I've seen them walking to adn from school and taking the bus and I just thank God that I can afford to send my sons to a private Catholic school

Posted by: Annette at August 18, 2005 11:58 AM

It's quite obvious, if the parents know and actually cared, the kid wouldn't be wearing it. So, there you have it - those parents not only don't care, it's likely they don't even see the clothes their kids wear.

And - for some of the kids whose parents do care... I know for a fact that kids will buy clothes their parents don't want them to wear - leave the house and change into what they want at another place (either in school or at a friend's place). This has been happening as long as parents have objected to what kids wear and as long as kids can get hold of the offending garments. I had several friends who did this back in the 60's.

So some parents don't even know - and unless you think they should be clairvoyant - it's not their fault. You can NOT watch them 24/7 - it is just not possible or even good if you do - they have to grow up sometime. Oh and for those who think their kid will never do this... you will have some rude surprises in store when they get older.

Posted by: Teresa at August 18, 2005 02:30 PM

At our Church, they have had to spell out to altar servers just what is, and is not considered "appropriate dress". Oddly, tight T-shirts with slogans such as "FCUK Fashion", are right out. And that's for the adults!

Posted by: Sally at August 18, 2005 02:56 PM

i got to an all girls school - so skirts in the uniform and everything. Non uniform days can get a little interesting with the t shirts and what they say - what is possibly worse is that its and all girls school...
But even on normal school days things can get a little bad, our school skirts are meant to be knee length, but mid thigh is more normal! Not so great.

Posted by: laura at August 27, 2005 02:56 PM