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Principal Blames Boys’ Bad Grades On Girls’ ‘Tight-Clothing,’ District Scrambles To Apologize

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A Texas school district recently apologized after an administrator blamed the boys’ bad grades on how female students dressed.

The Fort Bend Independent School District denounced the assistant principal’s comments as “offensive” and “inappropriate,”reports Motto.

“These comments should not have been made, and do not represent the beliefs of Fort Bend ISD or the Clements administrative team or faculty,” the statement read.

Phil Morgante, the assistant principal of Clements High School, lectured the girls in an assembly Aug. 24. His comments were recorded and uploaded onto theodysseyonline.com.

“Ladies, I know you’ve been working on your abs since the Olympics. But your shirts can’t be up here. It’s gotta cover the whole gut, OK? So, cover up … Ladies, I still blame you all for boys’ low grades because of tight clothing,” Morgante reportedly said.

Students and parents labeled the comments as “sexist” and “wrong.”

“It’s just kind of gross because he teaches teenage girls,” Piper Cotton, a student at the school, said to ABC 13. “Like they can blame us for them being distracted during school hours. He insisted rape culture on us.”

Elizabeth White, who has a son in Fort Bend ISD, said that she was using the incident to teach her son about sexism.

“Saying a boy gets distracted, or gets worse grades, because some girl’s showing her bra strap or her tummy or her shorts are too short, that’s wrong,” White said.

Morgante apologized to the students, according to the school district’s statement.

Fort Bend ISD said they believe the comments were an attempt at humor; they planned to address them so students can continue to feel “supported.”

“Our goal is to provide a safe, positive learning environment where all students feel supported and valued. Please know this situation is being addressed, and appropriate actions will be taken,” the statement said.

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