Dr. Tameca Richardson probably had good intentions when giving advice about appropriate school attire to students, but it didn’t exactly go as she had planned.

Richardson, a support officer at  Jack Yates High School in Houston, Texas, addressed the female students at an assembly, pointing out that some of them were dressing like “hoes.”

According to MyFox Houston, some parents were split on the advice Richardson gave to the students.

” That was out of line and she should be disciplined for that,” said Cynthia King, mother of a Yates student.

“You don’t know what kind of home half of these girls are coming from or any of these kids are coming from for you to make a statement like that. You don’t know their living condition and you don’t know their parents financial state. That may be the only thing they have to wear. It’s inconsiderate,” added King.

But another parent felt that the students need to hear “frank” advice and that it shouldn’t be sugar coated.

“If the the young ladies were dressed in such a way that portrays the way ‘hoes on the street’ are dressed I think it was appropriate that the administrators bring it to their attention, telling them we have a dress code here and we don’t want you dressing like ‘hoes’ because it’s not appropriate,” said Mary Owens, mother of a Yates student.

The Houston Independent School did issue an apology on behalf of Dr. Richardson:

“HISD has been made aware of an all-girls assembly at Yates High School on Friday where students reported being offended by a female school administrator who was discussing appropriate school attire. Although the administrator had good intentions and was trying to instill pride and purpose in the students, her approach and tone were perhaps inappropriate and not approved by the district. The district apologizes to all Yates students who were offended and wants to assure families and community members this will not happen again”.

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Clutchettes, what do you think about Dr. Richardson’s advice?

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  • It is kind of sad that in this day and age people can’t get their point across and motivate people to do better without insulting or belittling them. The art of true communication and speeches are too rare these days. Do her intentions holds merit? Of course it does, but what good is coming from the right place and wanting to help others if people tune you out base on what you say. Sure “keeping it real” works for some people but not everyone and since this was a school assembly she should have used language based on the environment. But with that said, I do agree with her overall point, I do think their is a HUGE problem with inappropriate clothing and attire that spans to children, teens and all the way up to adults. Again, the art of dressing and styling yourself in a fashion that screams you have pride in yourself is lost because everybody is either a clone of someone else (i.e. the Kim Kardashian uniform or insert Instragram “model”) or have the mindset of designer this or that or the more revealing the better. So you can’t really fault the kids/teens totally but you have to look at the parents (and society at large) and who is buying their clothes. Hell I know in high school my parents still veto what was appropriate and inappropriate for me to wear, especially based on my figure, even if I brought a shirt or skirt with my own money so it starts at home.

  • Child, Please

    Seriously, I’m sick of people policing what a girl or woman wears. It’s to the point that it’s expected for us to control what we do so it would make others comfortable. I don’t think an assembly was necessary; she should’ve spoken to the few that violated the dress code and/or sent a letter home to the parents. I wonder if there are any body development courses offered at this school or if this administrator has lobbied for that; it would’ve been more effective and showed a more genuine concern for her student body.

  • Afro Scented

    Serious question here: what’s wrong with being a ‘hoe?’ A woman should be as sexually active (or sexually inactive) and dress as “provocatively” (or conservatively) as she wishes. Exactly what is she “provoking” anyway? Will she catch my eye? Definitely. Might I have a strong desire to have sexual intercourse with her? Definitely. Does either of these things give me licence to show her less respect than I show anyone else? Absolutely not. That being said…I don’t think most teenagers think this way and as such I would insist that my daughter (if I have one) should at least wait until she is adult enough to flaunt what me and her mother gave her.

    • Yoseph

      You are a fucking walking contradiction, buddy.

  • Instead of jumping up and choosing to be offended, the parents should have stood up and examined what it is their children leave the house wearing. Stop defending these acts, be the parent and quit letting these kids raise themselves. As for Dr Richardson, clearly the guidelines have been said and written by the school, and possibly signed by the parents (like when I went to school). So all of this “say it a different way” hoopla is just noise. Sometimes you have to say it in a way that will make them listen instead of just hearing. As stated earlier, Houston is a hotbed for strippers and pros. Sometimes you gotta shake some things up and shock a few people, wars aren’t fought with daisies. I applaud Dr. Richardson for fighting this war to save our daughters.

  • Lo

    I came from what some would call an inner city school in ATL and I remember how much I appreciated administrators who were frank and did not sugar coat because it made them seem more real and personable. Something that I’ve learned in Psych and Social Work is that you “MEET people where they are,” but you hope take them to a better place. I understand as adults, this seems very harsh (and it is), but I would argue that this may not have seemed as harsh to these high schoolers today but just shocking. We do not have the full story here. We don’t know what else was said. We do not know the efforts that were taken to clean up the dress code prior to the assembly. We only have this one sentence and no other quotes from the assembly. She may have used this terminology to relate more to her students, we can’t be sure, but I do know that my 16 y/o self would not take issue with this being said but view this as a concerned individual who tried to cater her message to her audience…