A Texas high school assistant principal is in hot water after he reportedly blamed what girls wore to school for boys’ bad grades. Welcome to 2016, people.
Phil Morgante, an assistant principal at Clements High School in Sugar Land, Texas, made the announcement during a school-wide assembly. In short, he told female students that they shouldn’t wear crop tops or tight clothing because boys find it distracting.
“Ladies, I know you’ve been working on your abs since the Olympics, right? But your shirts can’t be up here. It’s gotta cover the whole gut. So cover up,” Morgante said. “Ladies, I blame you all for boys’ low grades because of tight clothing. If you have tight clothing on, we’re going to ask you to change.”
Oh… ok… that makes PERFECT sense. Unfortunately for Morgante, his sexist speech has since been uploaded to Soundcloud for all to enjoy.
Several female students told an ABC affiliate that they felt Morgante’s comments were sexist and implied that the education of boys at the school was more important than their own.
“It’s just kind of gross because he teaches teenage girls,” student Piper Cotton said. “Like they can blame us for them being distracted during school hours. He insisted rape culture [is] on us.”
Em, a junior at the high school, also added, “He made it seem like girls are just in school as a distraction for boys, when in reality, our education is just as important as theirs.”
The Fort Bend Independent School District has since released a statement claiming Morgante’s comments were just a joke, saying his remarks were a “failed attempt at humor,” but agreed that they “should never have been made.” They also said his comments were “inappropriate and offensive to students” and that “following concerns expressed by students, the Clements principal took prompt action to address the comments and apologized to the student body.”
Despite the blatant sexism, many students don’t feel that Morgante should lose his job. “I don’t think he should lose his job at all,” Jilani said, explaining that she felt “pissed off” by the comments, but did feel they weren’t intended to be hurtful. “I really do like Mr. Morgante as a principal,” she added. “He’s a great educator, he just made a mistake.”
Morgante has yet to comment on the situation.
[H/T: The Odyssey]