An Oklahoma superintendent is in hot water after allegedly asking female students to bend over during a dress code check.
Superintendent Ronda Bass of Noble High School in Noble, Oklahoma says that on the first day of school, she was shocked to see that some of the female students were wearing extremely short shorts, so to make sure that they all understood the dress code, she decided to make them bend over to see if their butt cheeks were hanging out.
“As I was greeting the children coming in I knew we had a major, major problem on our hands,” said Bass, who decided to have an assembly at the end of the day to discuss the issue. “The first question I asked was how many of you in here believe that there are female students on the campus today that are dressed completely inappropriate. Most of their hands went up.”
Students acknowledge that Bass asked that question, but they say her choice of language was not as tame as she claims.
“The first sentence was, ‘Have y’all ever seen any ‘skanks’ around this school?’” said senior Stephanie Stewart. “Around the end she said, ‘I don’t want to see anyone’s ass hanging out of their shorts.”
Bass did admit to KFOR that she used those words, but she claims she said them to prove a point.
“I knew that students from other towns were calling our girls really negative names,” said Bass. “The message I wanted to send to them was I don’t want them to be called those names. I want us to be known as the classy lady Bears.”
To follow up after her assembly, Bass recently showed up at the high school unannounced, asking girls in short shorts to bend over.
“If you’re not comfortable with bending over, we might have a problem,” said Bass.
Still, Stewart says that many of the students were embarrassed by having to bend over.
“A lot of girls actually felt humiliated,” said Stewart. “You could see it in their faces that they were.”
Bass continues to defend her methods, despite growing criticism.
Sources: Daily Caller, KFOR, Think Progress