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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?

  • https://www.facebook.com/kae.rich.9 Kae Rich

    Well…….

  • https://www.facebook.com/kae.rich.9 Kae Rich

    Well…….

  • https://www.facebook.com/kae.rich.9 Kae Rich

    Well…….

  • https://www.facebook.com/kae.rich.9 Kae Rich

    Well…….

  • https://www.facebook.com/tina.waters.794 Tina Waters

    Someone needed to tell them. Obviously their sorry ass parents don’t care. If they are homeless or poor they can get regular clothes from the shelter or goodwill.
    Its ridiculous how these girls dress going to school looking like street walking whores or like they’re on the way to the strip club.
    They’re twerking their ass in the isles at the Walmart and on the subway yet parents are upset that an administrator is asking them to have self respect or at least look as if they do. What is our community coming to.

  • https://www.facebook.com/tina.waters.794 Tina Waters

    Someone needed to tell them. Obviously their sorry ass parents don’t care. If they are homeless or poor they can get regular clothes from the shelter or goodwill.
    Its ridiculous how these girls dress going to school looking like street walking whores or like they’re on the way to the strip club.
    They’re twerking their ass in the isles at the Walmart and on the subway yet parents are upset that an administrator is asking them to have self respect or at least look as if they do. What is our community coming to.

  • https://www.facebook.com/tina.waters.794 Tina Waters

    Someone needed to tell them. Obviously their sorry ass parents don’t care. If they are homeless or poor they can get regular clothes from the shelter or goodwill.
    Its ridiculous how these girls dress going to school looking like street walking whores or like they’re on the way to the strip club.
    They’re twerking their ass in the isles at the Walmart and on the subway yet parents are upset that an administrator is asking them to have self respect or at least look as if they do. What is our community coming to.

  • https://www.facebook.com/tina.waters.794 Tina Waters

    Someone needed to tell them. Obviously their sorry ass parents don’t care. If they are homeless or poor they can get regular clothes from the shelter or goodwill.
    Its ridiculous how these girls dress going to school looking like street walking whores or like they’re on the way to the strip club.
    They’re twerking their ass in the isles at the Walmart and on the subway yet parents are upset that an administrator is asking them to have self respect or at least look as if they do. What is our community coming to.

  • https://www.facebook.com/rhonda.atkins.9 Rhonda Atkins

    It’s not slut-shaming unless you’re a slut. Someone needs to tell these kids how too dress appropriately.

  • https://www.facebook.com/rhonda.atkins.9 Rhonda Atkins

    It’s not slut-shaming unless you’re a slut. Someone needs to tell these kids how too dress appropriately.

  • https://www.facebook.com/rhonda.atkins.9 Rhonda Atkins

    It’s not slut-shaming unless you’re a slut. Someone needs to tell these kids how too dress appropriately.

  • https://www.facebook.com/rhonda.atkins.9 Rhonda Atkins

    It’s not slut-shaming unless you’re a slut. Someone needs to tell these kids how too dress appropriately.

  • https://www.facebook.com/judith.johnson.140 Judith Johnson

    The parents that complain are probably the parents of the children that dress inappropriately. It’s sad to see our girls looking as if they are in the club or on the pole. What happen to etiquette in and out of the home. I say go back to uniforms or a dress code but then here comes the court cases!!!!

  • Simone L

    Was it worded properly? Ehhh…maybe not the best wording. Trying to teach the girls to dress presentable? Yeah, that’s noble. Could have been done differently, maybe an updated dress code. I think the first mom’s reasoning was weak. “It may be all they have to wear”? Ohhh, so all your daughter has is an outfit that looks like she works at King of Diamonds. Okaaaay.

    Girls are never to young to dress with decency. Seriously. But the parents should be teaching that lesson.

  • AnnT

    You’d thinking a Black woman with a Ph.D. would be more couth and have more discretion with her words.
    She’s someone all those young ladies could have looked up to, instead she’s become another “FastTailedGirls hashtag.

  • Smielz_920

    Instead of trying to shame these young women or scare them into decent clothes (because no young women wants’ to be called a hoe) , she should have just called a school meeting to remind kids, faculty and parents what the school dress code is. As principal if she feels the current school dress code isn’t enough, enforce uniforms for men and women.
    I wonder if the majority of the children at this school were black or white. I don’t feel like she would be talking to white women/girl in that manner.

  • MommieDearest

    I’m torn. I get what Dr. Richardson was trying to do. Honestly, I think that had she used different wording, some girls and parents STILL would have taken offense just because she was “trying to tell them what to do and what to wear.” Also, some people only understand ‘gulley” and that is the best way to get your point across to them.

    However, I think she should have expressed her sentiments differently. I know she is able to make her point just as clear without using “dressed like hoes.” What’s really sad is that the vast majority of the girls who are dressed inappropriately have mothers who dress even worse, (I’ve seen it for myself many times…) so they are working from a skewed frame of reference. Maybe these kind of “talks” should be for the parents as well.

  • naan

    the problem with her using that word is that she just gave power to all of the bullies in the school to use it and harass girls who may not dress as conservative as the next.

    she should have reminded everyone of the dress code policy, and then dealt with the girls who were violating it individually.

  • Donnie

    Why sugarcoat the truth? Tough love is needed soometimes.

  • aisha

    i think everyone can dress too provocatively, no matter the age. but right now, i’m interested in watching the comment section – i wonder how many people who participated/agreed with the #fasttailedgirls hashtag will comment on here and co-sign how these young women need to stop dressing like “hoes” which… is a synonym to calling someone fast tailed.

    just a thought

  • Treece

    Right statement, wrong choice of words. The message is clear, though some may have been offended by the colloquialism. There is an appropriate way and an inappropriate way for students (male and female) to dress at school. Dr. Richardson may not have chosen the best term, but she got her point across and told it to them straight, no chaser. This is more than I can say for some of the adults in these kids’ lives who let their kids walk out of the house with inappropriate clothing on (too tight, too short, revealing, pants sagging so much they show entire ass, shirts with disturbing/violent messages on them, etc.)

  • http://www.lillian-mae.com Knotty Natural

    …”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.”

    –If of all the things you chose to purchase for your child are sheet walker wear, you probably should be a parent.

  • http://www.lillian-mae.com Knotty Natural

    The word would have been ‘slut’ if this were a white school.

  • http://burymeinredlipstick.com/ shantafabulous

    This woman may have meant well, but there are ways to get your point across without implying the female students look like hoes no matter how accurate it may seem in your head.

  • 1989

    I remember being called out for being “fast tailed” for wearing tight clothes; really they were hand-me-downs that I’d outgrown but was too poor to get anything else. Not saying the school doesn’t have a real issue or that the teacher’s overall point was wrong, just saying you can’t know everyone’s situation.

  • naan

    girls grow out of their clothes. they may have bought it when it fit perfectly fine. but because of puberty and weight the clothes may now fit differently.

  • victoria

    Just look at the style of dress for prom. Parents are paying a lot of money for their daughters to dress inappropriately. I agree that parents should ensure their daughters and sons dress appropriately, but unfortunately parents, like many students dont take dress codes seriously. And trust me, dressing inappropriately is a major distraction in schools.

  • Sylvie

    If it’s a uniform school, just enforce your dress code. Duh. There is no reason to single out all the females for the dress choices of a few. And if it is too tight clothes, pull them aside and find out why. Maybe it’s lack of funds for new clothes as someone mentioned, maybe it’s abuse in the home, maybe its burgeoning sexuality. But find out why and try to help the situation.

    Do your flipping job instead of casting aspersions on the intentions of an entire gender.

    There better not be a single boy in that school with sagging pants or too tight slacks or any other dress code violations.

  • Stella

    Call a spade a spade. The fact is, a lot of our young girls dress like hoes. And a lot of our poor girls dress like hoes *on purpose* because that is the only (warped) way that they can get attention. Just like a lot of their poor mamas. Drive by the hood and see how many older women have every body part hanging out of some spandex. That’s not because they ‘can’t afford’ better fitting clothes, it’s because that’s the only way they can get male attention. Making excuses for this behavior is wrong. And it’s not just the poor among us. A lot of middle-class, working-class and wealthy Black women dress like hoes. Why, only God knows.

    Reading this, I see it occurred in Houston, where the whole Black stripper culture is beyond comprehension. If you’re fighting some pole dancer for a man’s attention, the only way to go is dress like one.

    Lack of self-esteem, protracted generational ignorance/dysfunction, excuses and blame games are what have brought us down to this level. We have to get real about why some of our people do the things we do.

  • SMH

    If we’re talking Houston where, like Miami, being a stripper is a profession too many young girls aspire to become I can pretty much imagine that this lady was not far off the mark on the inappropriateness of some of these young girls attire. Sugarcoat it for what? When they are twerking on that pole they will be called much worse by the men attempting to shove dollars and hands in those places they are so keen in the present on exposing. The best advice she can give is if you don’t want to be mistaken for a ho, quit wearing the uniform.

  • ruggie

    As a school administrator, it’s the principal’s responsibility to tell the students how to dress, not how NOT to dress. Tell them to dress like ladies, young women worthy of respect, and give them examples. What she did was as backwards and counter-productive as handing out demerits for bad behavior (it only makes kids rack up demerits).

    I’m also tired of people calling out the girls while our young men go around dressed like prison ___’s. People would be up in arms if that got said out loud.

    Funny how she can manage to bring up hoes but can’t manage to bring up our First Lady…or is that too high a bar to set that she thinks they could never clear? Young people are very sensitive to adult’s (unspoken) expectations. Treat young people as you want them to act, don’t just react to them, and they will surprise you.

  • Me27

    Was she referring to the way they dress outside of school, because it looked like the kids had on uniforms in the news video.

    I get the impression that her heart was in the right place and she wasn’t trying to offend anyone. However, a person in her position should be a bit more selective with her word choice. If the kids aren’t allowed to use profanity at school (that’s not to say that they don’t, I’m just saying it’s not allowed), then administrators should not be using profanity to get their point across.

  • CNG

    Okay and….????

    Sometimes you have to tell it like it is and these younger girls do need to stop dressing like hoes and everyone needs to stop being so sensitive.

  • Sunny

    @Naan: That’s something to consider, however, I am aware of many parents who buy clothes larger than their child’s actual size. Their reason being that their children grow so fast. Therefore, if funds allow, many of these individuals can choose to use the same amount of dollars to buy clothes that may be ill-fitting now but fitting later, instead of the opposite.

  • victoria

    I will assume that just because we didn’t hear about her having a discussion with the young men doesn’t mean she didn’t do so.

    In my experience, sagging pants, especially school uniforms, is a major issue.

    Also in my experience, having a uniform does not garantee students will wear them. I’ve worked in schools that required uniforms. However, students and parents often disregarded this policy. And parent’s often excused their child’s inability to wear a uniform due to expense. Mind you, many of these students wore regular clothes that were much more expensive than the school uniform.

    Now and days, rocking the lasted hairstyle and fashion has turned the classroom into a fashion show. It’s a major distraction!

    She held an assembly. That tells me it’s an issue.

    Using that particular word is not my cup of tea, but as usual her intention has been blown to dust by those who don’t have a clue how distraction are harming the learning process.

  • http://gravatar.com/nolakiss16 binks

    It is kind of sad that in this day and age people can’t get their point across and motivate people to do better without insulting or belittling them. The art of true communication and speeches are too rare these days. Do her intentions holds merit? Of course it does, but what good is coming from the right place and wanting to help others if people tune you out base on what you say. Sure “keeping it real” works for some people but not everyone and since this was a school assembly she should have used language based on the environment. But with that said, I do agree with her overall point, I do think their is a HUGE problem with inappropriate clothing and attire that spans to children, teens and all the way up to adults. Again, the art of dressing and styling yourself in a fashion that screams you have pride in yourself is lost because everybody is either a clone of someone else (i.e. the Kim Kardashian uniform or insert Instragram “model”) or have the mindset of designer this or that or the more revealing the better. So you can’t really fault the kids/teens totally but you have to look at the parents (and society at large) and who is buying their clothes. Hell I know in high school my parents still veto what was appropriate and inappropriate for me to wear, especially based on my figure, even if I brought a shirt or skirt with my own money so it starts at home.

  • Pseudonym

    Real talk, there’s a HUGE difference b/w outgrown clothes (flooding pants and shirt sleeves that stop above the wrists) and spandex short skirts made to be short and belly tops made to be cropped. Let’s not be ridiculous here. Let us not stop using our brains and act afraid to criticize anything a girl/woman does (no matter how ridiculous) in the name of some warped interpretation of “feminism.”

    Lots of teenage girls (of all races and socioeconomic levels) try to wear more provocative clothing when they get some boobs and the boys start looking. It’s natural. I wanted to wear belly tops like Aaliyah! It’s totally natural! However, it’s up to the parents to reel that in and say, “You’re too young to be having sex and therefore have no reason to be trying to be sexy.” It’s totally okay to say that. I promise. I turned out fine.

    (Though, as a school administrator commented, there was def a better way to frame it, but we don’t know the type of kids she was talking to. I find some kids respond better to that kind of language, while others don’t. It’s a tricky thing to navigate and anyone with good intentions could have made that mad call. Shock therapy fail, I suppose.)

  • NOitAll

    Excuse me, but you can tell it like it is without speaking like you’re from the streets. We complain when young people talk like that. Dr. Richardson is a SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR with a Ph.D. If she doesn’t have a wider vocabulary than that, God help us all.

  • Child, Please

    Seriously, I’m sick of people policing what a girl or woman wears. It’s to the point that it’s expected for us to control what we do so it would make others comfortable. I don’t think an assembly was necessary; she should’ve spoken to the few that violated the dress code and/or sent a letter home to the parents. I wonder if there are any body development courses offered at this school or if this administrator has lobbied for that; it would’ve been more effective and showed a more genuine concern for her student body.

  • Afro Scented

    Serious question here: what’s wrong with being a ‘hoe?’ A woman should be as sexually active (or sexually inactive) and dress as “provocatively” (or conservatively) as she wishes. Exactly what is she “provoking” anyway? Will she catch my eye? Definitely. Might I have a strong desire to have sexual intercourse with her? Definitely. Does either of these things give me licence to show her less respect than I show anyone else? Absolutely not. That being said…I don’t think most teenagers think this way and as such I would insist that my daughter (if I have one) should at least wait until she is adult enough to flaunt what me and her mother gave her.

  • 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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