The school apologizes after the teacher blamed the girls who wore short skirts for sexual harassment
High School Apologizes After Female Teacher Blamed Girls Students Wearing Short Skirts For Encouraging Sexual Harassment
- The video showed an unnamed teacher speaking at Lytchett Minster School in Dorset
- Girls at the school had complained that boys looked up their skirts on the stairs
- But the teacher was filmed saying that girls were wearing skirts that were ‘too short’
- Video was later posted online leading to an apology from the school bosses
The high school bosses have apologized after a female teacher was filmed blaming boys ‘students for sexual harassment over the girls’ short skirts.
Young female students at Lytchett Minster School in Poole, Dorset, had complained that they had to cover their bottoms with their books and planners as they walked upstairs to prevent boys from making “sexualized remarks.”
But in a lecture, which was filmed and later posted online, a teacher said there was ‘only one reason’ that the girls had to ‘put your planner on your butt’ and that’s ‘because your skirt is too short’.
In the video, the teacher adds: ‘Think girls, be sensible, we don’t need to have that short skirts.
“If you break school uniform (rules) and your skirts are way short, it will tempt guys to say things, won’t it?”
Young female students at Lytchett Minster School in Poole, Dorset, had complained that they had to cover their bottoms with their books and planners as they walked upstairs to prevent boys from making ‘sexualized comments’
She turned to the guys and added, ‘Guys, I’m sorry I’m not talking about all of you, but we also know some of you are making stupid comments and sexualized comments.
‘Everyone has the right to go to school without being sexually harassed and without making sexual comments about them.
“We all have a responsibility to make sure this doesn’t happen.”
The video posted online caused outrage among female students in the school.
Many of the students held a demonstration on the school’s field today against the victim accusation video.
Girls came to school in protest with leggings instead of skirts.
Headteacher Andrew Mead has apologized for the video, saying the unidentified teacher who posted it “deeply regrets it.”
The mother of a mixed school student said, “Mentioning short skirts and sexual assault in the same video directed at school children is wrong on so many levels.
Girls – wearing short skirts is not an invitation and all unwanted attention is never acceptable. Boys – short skirts are not an invitation from young women to unwanted sexual advances. ‘
One student said: ‘At worst, this highlights the deeply institutionalized misogyny that, unfortunately, is still so widespread in today’s society.
Victim-blaming culture can be so damaging to young people, and uniform policies have no place in a video meant to raise awareness of sexual violence and harassment.
Many of the students held a demonstration on the school’s field today against the victim accusation video. Girls came to school in protest with leggings instead of skirts
“The only person who can prevent sexual assault / intimidation is the perpetrator.”
The school video was made by the staff in response to the ‘national rape day’ hoax circulating on social media platform TikTok – an online joke allegedly started by a group giving tips on how to get away with it.
Police have been informed of the video and are investigating the case.
Mr. Mead: “We felt it was important to raise the issue of sexual harassment in society and at school. A video has been made by the principal and the head of the house to address this serious problem.
Part of the video caused quite a stir, which was clearly unintentional. A letter of apology was sent to all students and a follow-up letter to the parents.
The employee who commented on the video is an extremely caring teacher. She deeply regrets the comment she made about the length of girls’ skirts and has fully apologized.
She recognizes that no one ever deserves abuse because of what they wear, and it was a mistake to link the two things.
‘A number of students have chosen to express their feelings by organizing a protest on the school field. We let this take place. It is supervised by staff. ‘
On the school’s letter to the students, Mr. Mead said, “We apologize for the distress caused by linking these two completely separate issues.”
Lytchett Minster School is a public comprehensive school and sixth form with 1,400 students.