NEW YORK (AP) — New York City schools on Tuesday banned students from wearing skirts and revealing clothing and banned “sexist” practices that students say make girls feel inferior.
The ban is the latest move by New York schools to address the widespread sexual misconduct allegations that have rocked the city.
It comes amid an intensifying campaign to address sexual misconduct in schools.
The announcement was made at a news conference held at New York Public Schools headquarters.
“The safety of our students, our teachers and staff is of paramount importance to us and our parents,” said the superintendent, Robert C. LaGuardia.
“It is not an option to wear revealing clothing, or to engage in any of the types of behaviors that have been deemed unacceptable by some of our communities.”
I would like to personally thank the families who have supported me, my staff, my administrators and students, for their incredible support over the past year,” LaGuardian said.
The announcement came on the heels of a statement by the city’s attorney general, Cyrus Vance Jr., who said schools have failed to address a pervasive culture of sexual harassment and assault that is causing harm to women and girls.
He urged school leaders to work with local law enforcement to combat sexual harassment, which he said is an epidemic.”
It’s one of the most serious, pervasive and devastating problems facing our nation.””
There is no question that sexual harassment in schools is a problem.
It’s one of the most serious, pervasive and devastating problems facing our nation.”
LaGuardia also called on state legislators to pass the Respect Our Schools Act, which would make it a misdemeanor for a student to use obscene language, engage in sexual misconduct or engage in an act that violates school rules.
That law would go into effect immediately.