Dr. Tameca Richardson probably had good intentions when giving advice about appropriate school attire to students, but it didn’t exactly go as she had planned.

Richardson, a support officer at  Jack Yates High School in Houston, Texas, addressed the female students at an assembly, pointing out that some of them were dressing like “hoes.”

According to MyFox Houston, some parents were split on the advice Richardson gave to the students.

” 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.

But another parent felt that the students need to hear “frank” advice and that it shouldn’t be sugar coated.

“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.

The Houston Independent School did issue an apology on behalf of Dr. Richardson:

“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”.

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Clutchettes, what do you think about Dr. Richardson’s advice?

  • Yoseph

    You are a fucking walking contradiction, buddy.

  • http://princearnold.wordpress.com princearnold

    Instead of jumping up and choosing to be offended, the parents should have stood up and examined what it is their children leave the house wearing. Stop defending these acts, be the parent and quit letting these kids raise themselves. As for Dr Richardson, clearly the guidelines have been said and written by the school, and possibly signed by the parents (like when I went to school). So all of this “say it a different way” hoopla is just noise. Sometimes you have to say it in a way that will make them listen instead of just hearing. As stated earlier, Houston is a hotbed for strippers and pros. Sometimes you gotta shake some things up and shock a few people, wars aren’t fought with daisies. I applaud Dr. Richardson for fighting this war to save our daughters.

  • Lo

    I came from what some would call an inner city school in ATL and I remember how much I appreciated administrators who were frank and did not sugar coat because it made them seem more real and personable. Something that I’ve learned in Psych and Social Work is that you “MEET people where they are,” but you hope take them to a better place. I understand as adults, this seems very harsh (and it is), but I would argue that this may not have seemed as harsh to these high schoolers today but just shocking. We do not have the full story here. We don’t know what else was said. We do not know the efforts that were taken to clean up the dress code prior to the assembly. We only have this one sentence and no other quotes from the assembly. She may have used this terminology to relate more to her students, we can’t be sure, but I do know that my 16 y/o self would not take issue with this being said but view this as a concerned individual who tried to cater her message to her audience…

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