While lecturing female students during an assembly at the Jack Yates High School, school administrator Dr. Tameca Richardson reportedly expressed that some of the student had been dressing like “hoes.” You can imagine that some parents probably weren’t thrilled to hear about Dr. Richardson’s harsh lecture, but surprisingly, some actually found her tell-it-like-it-is method to be commendable.
“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,” parent Mary Owens told Fox 26 Houston.
As to be expected, others were outraged, arguing that it’s insensitive of Dr. Richardson to make such a statement.
“That was out of line and she should be disciplined for that,” said Cynthia King.
“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,” she continued.
School district officials have since issued an apology regarding Dr. Richardson’s statement.
“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.”
Watch Fox 26 News’s full report on page two. What do you think of Dr. Richardson’s response, too harsh or tough love?