An assistant principal’s ill-judged joke that girls wearing ‘tight clothing’ was making boys get lower grades has attracted criticism.
Phil Morgante, of Clements High School, Sugar Land, Texas, made the comments in an assembly for upperclassmen on August 24.
The award-winning administrator said: ‘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. Ladies, I blame you all for boys’ low grades because of tight clothing.’
Morgante, who has been part of Fort Bend ISD for 25 years, 14 of which have been spent at Clements High School for fourteen, was recorded by a pupil.
In 2014, he was named as Texas High School Assistant Principal of the Year by the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals.
Gwynn Barber, who has two grandsons attending the school, told local news website click2houston she did not find the joke amusing.
He added: ‘The girls are not at fault. Now, I agree that they don’t need their shirts showing their little bellies.
‘I don’t approve of that either. They need to be appropriately dressed.’
Several pupils reacted with outrage at his comments.
One wrote on Twitter: ‘I regret not telling off Morgante when he basically said it is us GIRLS fault that boys over-sexualize girls.’
Another tweeted: ‘I think everyone regrets not speaking up. I wish I did.’
A Fort Bend ISD spokesman said: ‘These comments should not have been made, and do not represent the beliefs of Fort Bend ISD or the Clements administrative team or faculty.
‘We have high expectations for both students and staff. Our goal is to provide a safe, positive learning environment where all students feel supported and valued.’