Thursday, November 03, 2005

Underwear Costume

You're gonna love this one:
Child disciplined for wearing Halloween costume to school

A Tulsa parent is outraged over how her child was disciplined at school for wearing a costume.

Crystal Harris says her 5-year old son was forced to take off his costume, and go through the entire school day with only his underwear on.

The incident happened Monday at Walt Disney Elementary.

School officials acknowledge they have a policy that forbids costumes, and that's why the teacher did what she did.

They say they've have apologized to the family.

Harris says however the teacher should be disciplined for embarassing her son.

Harris' son has not been back to school since the incident, and she says she's considering legal action.
Maybe my friend Jage, who is an expert in all things eminating from the religious nutbars, has some info on this one. And I might be wrong, but I'd be willing to bet that the schools policy is built around fundamentalist anti-halloween beliefs. After all, it is Tulsa OK.

Maybe not. But when I was a kid, we always wore costumes to school on Halloween.

Added: Just did a quickie visit to the website of the school and found this. Apparently it's ok to dress up in funky outfits for anti-drug programs.....

One of the teachers in a Hawaiian Hula outfit:

Here's the caption for the pics:
**RED RIBBON WEEK will be October 24-28. We will have a “Band Against Drugs” kick off assembly on Wednesday, October 19 at 1:15. Each day will have a special theme and we encourage all students, staff, and parents to participate in the activities.
So costumes are ok. In fact, you can dress up all week in a different costumes to a theme! They're even ok during the lead up to Halloween. There's not ok as a celebration of halloween.

Gee...wonder why?


At 4:35 PM, Blogger Lynne said...

Someone should make that teacher work all day in her underwear. That would make an impression.

If I was that kid's parent, I'd sue the socks off of them.

At 5:11 PM, Blogger Jage said...

Well, according to the dress code for the Tulsa School District, unless his costume had a head-piece or was 'excessively' baggy, then it should have been okay. ( However, their code does specifically state "Undergarments shall not be visible", so it seems the teacher might have created the greater violation here. What cracks me up the most about this Mickey Mouse bit of stupidity is that a kid attending a school named after Walt Disney got in trouble for wearing a costume! Oh, the irony of it all...

Oh, as for the religious nutbar's a school in Oklahoma...of course it's under the watchful eyes of fundamentalists. What I really want to know is what the kid was wearing...that could be really telling...

At 8:35 PM, Blogger the spook said...

I wasted significant time in Muskogee, believe it or not. When I left town, I stopped to gas up my car and Tom Coburn was at the next pump. Fundie central, over there.

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Setting the story straight
An erroneous report has been posted on its website by KJRH. The story says that a Tulsa Public Schools teacher “disciplined” a 5-year-old student by forcing him to take off his Halloween costume “and go through the entire school day with only his underwear on.”

The first serious error is that the child was being “disciplined.” Dress code infractions are handled through corrective action. In this specific instance the child was offered the opportunity to have his parents called to go home to change. He said he could take the costume off. He was specifically asked if he was wearing clothes on underneath the costume and he replied, “yes.” When he took off the costume he was wearing a tee-shirt that went below his waist and blue patterned pants that appeared to be jogging pants. He went through the school day without incident.

The implication from the KJRH story is that he was wearing brief or jockey-short-style underwear that should have been recognized as underwear. That is not the case. The pants in question closely resembled other childhood attire. Plus, the child wore a tee-shirt.

Disney Elementary School prohibits the wearing of Halloween costumes to school for two reasons: safety and classroom distraction. Costumes, many of which are long and flowing, are a hazard on the playground. Costumes in the classroom are a distraction from the positive learning atmosphere TPS schools maintain.

Of more than 800 students at Disney Elementary, this was the only child who showed up for classes on Monday wearing a costume. Parents and students had been informed earlier by posters of the prohibition on wearing costumes.

At 5:13 PM, Blogger Greyhair said...

To whoever anonomyous is:

First, disciplined or "corrective action", it's the same thing. The child was singled out because of having done something "wrong", and asked to disrobe.

And a 5 year old making the decision to have a parent called or not is nonsense. Sure, after having been told they broke the rules and enduring a "corrective action", the kid will certainly want his/her parent called.

As far as "underwear", you say tomaaato, I say tomawwto. The child was still humiliated in front of classmates.

Next, why are costumes not allowed for Halloween, but all the same week they are allowed all kinds of costumes. Take a look at the teacher in the picture...this is off the school website. Weren't these safety and distraction problems? There are many, many pictures of students in all kinds of costumes throughout the week of Halloween for the "red ribbon week".

And of all the students, only 1 showed up in costume. So? That does not equal 799 students agree with the schools policy, only that they didn't challenge the policy.

Why is it again that costumes are prohibited on halloween?

You and I both know why halloween is being discriminated against in Tulsa Ok.

And conservatives hassle liberals about "political correctness".


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