Student Told to Cover Her Arms at Valentine’s Dance Because They’re “Sexual Objects”
An Ohio seventh-grader was told by a teacher that she needed to cover her arms because they were deemed “sexual objects.” While the school maintains that the teacher did not say that, the mother of the young girl claims that the vice-principal explained that the girl was asked to put on a coat because her arms are “sexual objects.”
From The Daily Mail:
An Ohio schoolgirl was ordered to cover up her arms at a Valentine’s Day dance – because teachers deemed them to be ‘sexual objects’.
Seventh grader Ari Waters had picked out a pretty yellow dress for a Valentine’s Day dance at Mt. Orab Middle School, believing it to be elegant.
But she was left mortified when a male teacher approached her at the dance to ask her to cover up her arms.
When her horrified mother Gina demanded to know why exactly her young daughter had been asked to put a coat on, she was told by the vice principal it was because her arms were ‘sexual objects’.
Ms. Waters has since spoken out against the school – deeming teachers’ behavior towards her young daughter entirely inappropriate.
‘These middle schoolers are 10 years of age up to 13,’ she told Local12.
‘They’re kids. They’re not sexual beings. That word should never have been used and it should never have been associated with an arm, with a limb.’
It was later revealed Ari was one of three to six students at the school asked to cover their ‘sleeveless attire’.
The youngster witnessed at least one other girl being asked to cover up her arms because she was in a spaghetti-strap dress.
Ari, meanwhile, has said she has been left feeling ‘dirty’ – and was so embarrassed on the night she called her mother to pick her up.
The dress pictured is actually more modest than most of what younger girls wear now.
Apparently the vice-principal needs an education on what ‘sexual objects’ are and a lesson on geography. Bare arms, a thing we’ve been accustomed to for many years are not sexual objects, they’re limbs, especially on a kid in middle school. As to the geography lesson, last I looked, this is still America, not the Middle East, where bare arms are an every-day thing.
Such a small issue, but it made such an impact on this young girl as to make her feel dirty for simply showing her arms. Who would say this to a kid?
My guess is one of two people – either an extremely prudish old ‘school marm’ or a person with Middle Eastern influences. My next guess is the latter of the two, since prudes are rarer than hens’ teeth, and that speaks to a trend we’re seeing here where their beliefs are being forced onto Americans rather than their accepting our differences and moving on.
Honestly, as a parent and a grandparent, I have more of an issue with the length of the dress than I do with the bare arms. Then again, it is longer than some I’ve seen…and it’s not my kid.