The head teacher at a school in a small town in the southeast corner of Germany has sent a letter warning parents to prevent their daughters from wearing any skimpy clothing because about 200 war-displaced Syrian refugees are living in a shelter next to the school’s gym.
The school is located in Pocking, a Bavarian borough (pop.: 15,034) located 14 miles south of the somewhat larger German city of Passau.
In his note to parents, head teacher Martin Thalhammer explained that female students should dress especially modestly to avoid offending the Syrian refugees with the sight of too much skin.
“Revealing tops or blouses, short shorts or miniskirts could lead to misunderstandings,” Thalhammer instructed.
“The Syrian citizens are mainly Muslims and speak Arabic,” the head teacher wrote, according to Russia Today. “The refugees are marked by their own culture. Because our school is directly next to where they are staying, modest clothing should be adhered to.”
An unidentified local politician told Die Welt he supports the head teacher’s admonition.
“If underage Muslim boys go to the pool, they are completely overwhelmed trying to see girls in bikinis,” the politician reportedly said. “The boys — in their culture bare skin of women is totally frowned upon.”
The letter also notes that the Syrian refugees will be barred from school grounds.
“For the refugees, access to the school gardens and buildings is strictly forbidden,” Thalhammer wrote. “The same goes for the school grounds during the day. The number of teachers on duty during breaks has been increased.”
The school’s gym has been shuttered while the refugees reside in their makeshift accommodations next to the school. Physical education classes have been moved to a nearly elementary school.
Closer to home, schools in the United States are certainly not immune to kerfuffles over the way girls dress — though the potential to offend newly-arrived Muslim refugees has not been involved.
Earlier this school year, a small-town Oklahoma school district superintendent was fired after she publicly made examples of some female students for wearing what the superintendent deemed inappropriate attire. (RELATED: Superintendent Who Doesn’t ‘Want To See Anyone’s Ass Hanging Out’ Gives High School Girls Bend-Over Check)
In 2013, the school district in Little Rock, Ark. announced plans for a dress code requiring teachers to wear underwear. Every single day. Female teachers now have to wear bras, too. (RELATED: Little Rock School District Will Now Make Teachers Wear Underwear)
Also in 2013, students at a high school in suburban Connecticut protested a rumored ban on yoga pants. A number of male and female students roamed the halls clad in yoga pants and leggings to protect yoga pants-wearing righs. The befuddled school principal said he wasn’t sure how the rumor started and that no such ban was actually going to happen. (RELATED: Rumored Yoga Pants Ban Causes Alarm In Wealthy Suburb)