At Jack Yates High a senior Houston I.S.D. administrator is under fire for telling an assembly of the school's female students that some girls on the campus have been dressing like "hoes".
A spokesperson for HISD confirmed use of the language by School Support Officer Dr. Tameca Richardson who was attempting to inspire better compliance with the campus dress code.
But angry parents suggest a Ph.D. level educator should have produced less offensive terminology to express her concerns over attire she perceived as provocative.
" That was out of line and she should be disciplined for that," said Cynthia King, mother of a Yates student.
"You don't know what kind of home half of these girls are coming from or any of these kids are coming from for you to make a statement like that. You don't know their living condition and you don't know their parents financial state. That may be the only thing they have to wear. It's inconsiderate," added King.
However, other parents and some students voiced support Richardson's frank, no-nonsense communication.
"If the the young ladies were dressed in such a way that portrays the way 'hoes on the street' are dressed I think it was appropriate that the administrators bring it to their attention, telling them we have a dress code here and we don't want you dressing like 'hoes' because it's not appropriate," said Mary Owens, mother of a Yates student.
Late Monday afternoon HISD issued the following statement of explanation and apology:
HISD has been made aware of an all-girls assembly at Yates High School on Friday where students reported being offended by a female school administrator who was discussing appropriate school attire. Although the administrator had good intentions and was trying to instill pride and purpose in the students, her approach and tone were perhaps inappropriate and not approved by the district. The district apologizes to all Yates students who were offended and wants to assure families and community members this will not happen again