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No short shorts for Lyneham

By Kerces - 28 November 2006 25

I have heard from several sources that this morning at Lyneham High School a special assembly was called at which it was announced that short shorts for girls would be banned because some “female staff and male staff” found the exposed legs “offensive”.

The girls were told that any shorts they wore to school must be longer than 15cm from knee on ground to hem. Several said teachers then went around measuring. One person claimed to have been given a detention because hers were too short, despite the rule having only been announced today (although others said they hadn’t heard of anyone being penalised yet).

Lyneham High is a public school and currently has a colour code of blue or maroon tops with any kind of bottoms. As an outside observer, it seems like a lot of students there wear polos with the school logo, but it could just be that I know the kind of people who will wear school uniform shirts.

One girl said she wondered if the teachers were jealous of their legs while another thought that it was the kind of rule “that always gets put it when the principal goes away and someone else takes over”. No one thought it would seriously last for long (there’s only three weeks of school left anyway) and some thought there would be a lot more short shorts around this week, even on the boys, in protest.

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No short shorts for Lyneham
Woody Mann-Caruso 10:11 am 29 Nov 06

I demand that pictures of hot teachers in hot pants be posted immediately so that I may better understand this complicated and sensitive issue. (Ah, Miss Johnstone – what could’ve been…)

Non_Sequitur 9:40 am 29 Nov 06

I would have to agree with Nyssa. Knowing the staff at Lyneham, it would be hard to imagine that this would be a kneejerk reaction and it would have been a descison based on protecting staff rather than a puritanical sense of outrage. I also reckon that if a person was put on detention it was more likely that it was for disent about the new rule rather than the rule itself. The parents at that school would be calling the minister if a child had been put on a detention without warning. Still, I have no evidence about that or indeed if a student was actually put on detention at all.
Just wonder if the teachers are going to be held to the same rule. My recollections are of a few of the teachers wearing similar clothing. Quite tricky enforcing a rule like that if the teachers don’t follow it as well. Should be interesting to see what happens!

Absent Diane 9:34 am 29 Nov 06

I have always wondered if clothing has any impact intelligence or performance. Very little I suspect.

Perhaps they can award the high acheivers with more clothing choice and the under achievers with stricter clothing options. Therefore the nerds become the cool kids.

Woody Mann-Caruso 9:21 am 29 Nov 06

I’m torn. As a lad, I loved short shorts (and in Townsville, there was no shortage). These days as a grumbling early 30-something, I just wish my 13-yo niece would put some damned clothes on before I have to go Uncle Buck on her moron boy(-)friends. Then again, she’s a smart girl, and I should trust her. Then again again, book-learnin’ is a whole different thing from common sense, and god knows what she’s capable of after a couple of Cruisers.

(And wasn’t this the perfect chance to have “Who wears short shorts” as the headline?)

FC 9:12 am 29 Nov 06

I think that the short shorts they are talking about are completly not acceptable for school.
It is a bit stupid to be punishing people on the day the rule came in though.

VYBerlinaV8 9:10 am 29 Nov 06

I really like hot pants. I’m glad they’re making a comeback.

If people are worried about schools, they should check out the public service at some stage. I’m currently consulting with a large agency in Civic and some of the stuff the young grads wear is amazing. I’d sack them on the spot for unprofessionalism if I were their boss. But I’m not, so I just allow myself to enjoy the view.

Thumper 9:05 am 29 Nov 06

Dress codes should be mandatory in schools. Okay, the girls can get around looking like little skanks outside school, but really, while at school it’s simply not appropriate.

However, bringing in a new dress code this close to the end of school and enforcing it before anyone knew about it is a tad rough.

Who’d be a teacher….

Not me, I quit.

PigDog 8:58 am 29 Nov 06

I don’t think I can judge the merits of this proposal until we see some photos.

LurkerGal 8:45 am 29 Nov 06

Maybe they just dont’ want their students looking like skanks.

nyssa76 8:08 am 29 Nov 06

They also come to school in short skirts, making the whole world their gynaecologist. If you see that on a daily basis then you’ll know why teachers etc asked for the ban.

Students have been known to visably show g-strings around male staff etc.

It’s to protect both the staff and the students.

On of the Deputy Principals was my Yr10 Science teacher – who never put up with that crap when she taught me and never will.

Then again, it all comes down to dressing appropriately and hot pants aren’t it.

CouldExpire 8:04 am 29 Nov 06

hahaa they were trying this when I was in high school (about 10 years ago, mind ytou it was the skirts that were short not the shorts!
Public schools can try all they like and much as I think a standard uniform looks great, it’ll never be followed by everyone!

johnboy 11:49 pm 28 Nov 06

seems a bit rough to be penalising on the day the rule came in force.

Also in grown up land the enforcers of rules are specifically ruled out of getting offended.

But the teachers seem to be the biggest juveniles in this town.

Having said that I have no problem with a dress code widely distributed in advance and comprehensively enforced.

Yeah, right…

I-filed 10:58 pm 28 Nov 06

*shrugs* I agree with the principal. micro minis and hotpants just aren’t appropriate for school.

barking toad 10:54 pm 28 Nov 06

my first thought was “..the fuck, who gives a…”

but I can’t argue with pandy

Pandy 10:32 pm 28 Nov 06

I personally don’t have a problem with boy shirts on teenage girls; as long as the girls look hot in them.

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