Dallas ISD Ends Shirt-Tucking Requirement Over Concerns That it Damages Fat Kids

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Clearly, shirt-tucking doesn't damage everybody's self-esteem.
Dallas ISD trustees still haven't decided what to do about the roster of principals whose jobs could be on the chopping block. The matter has now been delayed twice, thus sparing trustees from making an extremely controversial decision until after this weekend's election.

At their meeting Thursday, trustees did manage to find time for a minutely detailed discussion of student dress code. Leggings, it was agreed, aren't to be worn as pants but are perfectly acceptable as undergarments. Skirts should come no higher than the girl's fingertips and should sometimes be longer since, as one trustee pointed out, some girls have very short arms. Earrings on boys? "They should be banned," Bernadette Nutall decided. "Boys should not be wearing earrings."

"What about the gauges?" Adam Medrano wondered. "A lot of kids have the gauges where they're stretching their ear." Someone else mentioned straws, which kids sometimes use in place of actual jewelry. Both would be banned under the policy.

The topic that got the most scrutiny, however, was shirt-tucking. District staff told the board they wanted to do away with the requirement that all kids tuck in their shirts and leave it up to individual schools. Why? Because of fat kids

No one actually called them fat kids, of course. For Board President Lew Blackburn they are "healthy." One staff member referred to kids with "a body type that was different." Nancy Bingham made a point to interject and say she prefers the term "fluffy."

Mysteriously, no one came up with "overweight," which seems like a pretty reasonable compromise between "tubbo" and "healthy." Whatever the case, it seems that forcing "fluffy" children to tuck in their shirts has sparked a bit of controversy.

"Now, I am always one to say tuck in your shirts, but it was brought to my attention that if you are, uh healthy, tucking in your shirt shows your healthiness and that's not what they wanted to do," Blackburn explained.

"For a middle-school student, it could be a self-esteem issue if they are made to tuck in their shirt, because if they wear it loose, their healthiness might not show as much."

The staff member agreed. "It was difficult to address a student who had a body type that was different and perhaps was not as comfortable," she said. "Because of the style of shirt as well as the body type of the individual and we were needing to be more sensitive to the student and not necessarily the insistence that they tuck in the shirt so long as the attire was appropriate."

Trustee Dan Micciche was a bit bewildered by the fact that his colleagues had actually just spent 20 minutes talking about shirttails and leggings. "I can't believe that this is actually a (board) policy. ... I just think it's way too detailed." He suggested permanently delegating the responsibility for the dress code to the administration.

Clearly Micciche, still a freshman board member, has not yet grasped the role of shirt tuckage in turning around a struggling urban school district. Nor does he apparently realize that, if the board talks about leggings and ear gauges for long enough, that principal-firing thing will probably just solve itself.

(h/t DISD Blog)


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indigo362880
indigo362880

Phuck tucking in shirts. It only looks good if you have the perfect body style for it AND are in flawless shape. Plus, it's goddamned impractical. Time to send this practice to fashion hell. WHERE IT BELONGS! I wear a nice plain black T-shirt, a neck chain, and a nice watch to work every day, and I think I look as classy as I ever would wearing anything else. 

listenhere
listenhere

DISD should leave the dressing of students up to the parents who pay for what the children wear - except in cases where the education process is excessively disrupted.  True education takes place with respect to the real world with all its' diverse people and their clothing.  An education which takes place in the kind of sanitized, standardized vacuum that many mindless twits accept is sure to miss the real world of reality.

I hated senseless dress codes forty years ago when I attended public schools and I still reject them today.  However, we still have "educated fools" running "uneducated schools".

garlandsucks
garlandsucks

David: DISD teaches twenty nine percent of the globe.
Bob: And your district distributes 1,945 different products.
David: DISD produces eighty three new products per minute.
Bob: But there's a problem, people don't like DISD and it's...2,023 different products.
David: The perception is that this district is a monster.
Bob: A beast.
David: A cold, heartless, smelly behemoth.
Bob: Run by a greedy, fat...
David: fat headed, fatty pants.
Bob: A fatso.

ryan762
ryan762

Thank goodness they spend time on this instead of something relating to education.


I don't know how my high school managed to have such high performance without a tuck rule.

nekkidwelder
nekkidwelder

Does this mark the Return of the Tall Tee ?

Americano
Americano

I thought fat damaged fat kids?

titusgroan
titusgroan

Um, stupid question here, but isn't another issue of making kids tuck in their shirts is to prevent them from hiding a weapon?  How is that issue going to be dealt with?

Jay Cox
Jay Cox

Everybody I know looks ridiculous with a tucked in shirt, unless they're long sleeved formal wear.

crg328
crg328

This made my day. Thank you. 


todd
todd

I'm a big fat effer and I tuck my shirt in every day except Friday.  Because my clothes fit correctly, I do not look any more or less fat due to my shirt being tucked or un-tucked.  It's understandable that some DISD parents may not have the money to get Fat Joey's Toughskins altered as his weight fluctuates.  Saying this is about protecting kids' self esteem is bull poopy.  An un-tucked shirt is gonna be one more bullet for the cool kids to use when they pick on the fat kids.         

DISDTeacher
DISDTeacher

This sounds about right for DISD.  

Miles and the board will talk about anything and everything to avoid fixing the real problems in DISD.

And now we learn that Miles and Blackburn want to stall Miles' evaluation for 2 months--until July 15.  I'm sure they want to wait until school is out so the public will not be paying attention.

And then Miles will want his bonus...while the kids are left to suffer.


Cliffhanger
Cliffhanger

You can't make this shit up. And yet these assclowns will get  re-elected.

Ambelleina Warwillow
Ambelleina Warwillow

Seriously? I've been out of DISD for 10 years and they're STILL talking about tucking shirts in? Come on. This has nothing to do with fat kids, this is about wasting time on inane rules that remove the focus from the lack of education DISD is offering.

Rumpunch1
Rumpunch1

I noticed that the board decided to pass the buck to the individual schools.  Therefore, instead of trying to implement MM plans to their students, the Principal will become the lighting rod for controversy on their implementation of to tuck or not to tuck.  Ross Avenue will the fail to support the Principal in their decision.

keeponkeepinitdown
keeponkeepinitdown

A bunch of fat self serving superstitious uptight blacks and mexicans making the rules. 

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

Dallas schools are SO broken.  Fire MM and make John Wiley Price the super. 

roo_ster
roo_ster

Thank you again for reminding me why wife & I sacrifice and scrimp to place our kids in private school.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

Wait!

More importantly: boxers or briefs? I think briefs might be in order to keep things under control in the event of a racy passage in English Lit or perhaps an especially active gym class.

Threeboys
Threeboys

Maybe, just maybe, if we called FAT people FAT, that would be an impetus for them to lose weight and not be FAT.

The word is FAT, Mr. Blackburn, not healthy.  Carrots are healthy.

The word is FAT, Ms. Bingham, not fluffy.  My pillow is fluffy and it doesn't have a pie hole that it stuffs full of hot Cheeto's.

I need to lose about 10 pounds.  When I look at those 10 extra lbs around my waist, I am looking at FAT.

FAT, FAT, FAT, FAT, FAT, FAT, FAT.

johnboy33
johnboy33

This would almost be comical if it were not for the Fact that DISD is the 4'th worst performing School District in the United States.

We have an incompetent School Board that can't seem to come up with even one idea, original or otherwise. 

With all the important work that need to be accomplished to improve the education of our future leaders, they waste time on minutia like this with absolutely no discussion about DISD education. 

And some of these people now wanna take their lack of leadership ability and proven track record of doing "Nothing" over to our city council.

Joshua Mcneely
Joshua Mcneely

They should be worried about teaching not tucking in shirts.

Nairb Retseik
Nairb Retseik

You're all FAT! Fatty fat fat. Fatty fat fat fat. Fatty fatty fat fat fat. Tuck your shirt in, fatty.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

This article is one of the best arguments for homeschooling that I have seen.

Jeremy Morgan
Jeremy Morgan

A classy lad is a passing lad, Diana Ramirez I've never gone wrong tucked in. You just gotta wear superior clothing to rock it.

muddystick
muddystick

Did anybody think to seek Michelle Obama's input?  There's probably a common-sense solution to this terrible dilemma that involves carrot sticks and, oh I dunno,....organic prune juice?

Marc C. Socolov
Marc C. Socolov

Great Britain's teachers stop using red pens because it hurts kid's self esteem. Dallas ends tucking shirts because it hurts kid's self esteem. Plano let's kiddos work to a 70 when they fail. Where was all this compassion in the 80s? Bwahahaha!!

whocareswhatithink
whocareswhatithink

Anyone thinking of having a child should go to these meetings....if that is not birth control, I dont know what is. Having these braniacs in charge of the next generation is worrisome.

Joe Downey
Joe Downey

Also it is sexist for girls do not have to tuck

DISDTeacher
DISDTeacher

@titusgroan Teachers at my campus were told shirts must be tucked in so the kids couldn't hide weapons.  Apparently that is no longer a concern, even though knives and other weapons routinely make it into schools ( a WT White kid brought in a gun in December).

Steve
Steve

@Threeboys Actually, you faggot cunt, the kids likely have parents, or DNA, that is difficult for them to overcome, and your cowardly faggot bullying drives them to do the one thing that produces endorphins.


You faggot fucking fuckstick.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@Threeboys 

These are strange days we live in, when FAT is considered a handicap........right in the same category as cancer, loss of limbs, etc. I'm going to get real FAT so I can park WAY up front at Walmart. 

FAT FAT FAT FAT FAT!   FAAAAAAATTTTTT (dragging the t)!

Threeboys
Threeboys

@Steve @Threeboys Steve,

I congratulate the use of your DISD education on proper spelling of all your slurs and cussing.

BTW, I have a sister in law whose parents are both rail thin (as is my wife) and she is every bit of 250 overweight.  She doesn't weigh 250, she is 250 overweight.  She is flat out FAT, with no DNA excuse to fall back on.

All she sends my kids for holidays & birthdays is candy.  Copious amounts of candy. 

I know copious is more than a four letter word, but I trust you understands what it means.

Finally, I have but one question.

How FAT are you?

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@Steve @Threeboys so while bashing a guy for "bashing" people with bad DNA, you feel the need to use a derogatory word to put him down.  That word reallyt should be left out of your vocabulary.  You are one dumb mother fucker.  

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@Steve

Boy, you have quite the way with words, you must just SLAY the ladies with charm!  


ps-When ever you need an out, claim yer fat because of DNA. 

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