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'It's Totally Degrading': High School's Graduation Dress Code For Girls Sparks Controversy

| by Lisa Fogarty
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A high school in Biglerville, Pennsylvania, sent a letter home to seniors on Tuesday requesting that they wear modest attire at graduation — but reportedly used phrases like "sausage rolls" and "bits and pieces" to get their point across.

Administrators at Biglerville High School say the four-page document received by the graduating class was written years ago by a faculty member who has since retired, Fox 43 reports. On the front page, beneath the caption "Ladies," the letter reads:

Choose modest attire. No bellies showing, keep "the girls" covered and supported, and make sure that nothing is so small that all your bits and pieces are hanging out. Please remember as you select an outfit for the awards assembly that we don't want to be looking at your "sausage rolls" as Mrs. Elliott calls them. As you get dressed remember that you can't put 10 pounds of mud in a five-pound sack.

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Students reportedly told Fox 43 that most believed the letter was harmless and funny and wasn't written to offend anyone. But not everyone agreed.

"I didn't find it funny, no," senior Rebecca Forman told Fox 43. "We all have different body types. There was a message that needed to be conveyed to students, and if that's the way you want to do it, people have the right to be upset."

Senior Brianna Burtop, who reportedly posted a copy of the rules online, told ABC 27 News, "They were telling us they don't want to be looking at our sausage rolls and you can't fit ten pounds of mud in a five pound bag."

"You can't talk to women like that in a work place," her mother, Jessica Burtop, added. "It's totally wrong. It's totally degrading."

Upper Adams School District officials apologized for the letter, according to The Evening Sun.

"The document does not reflect the high standards of the Upper Adams School District, and the Administration will take appropriate action to address the issue," a news release states.

Sources: Fox 43, ABC 27 News, The Evening Sun

Photo Credit: John Walker/Flickr, Twitter via Fox 43