HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) — Several parents in a Houston school district have called for disciplinary action after a top administrator held a school assembly in which she allegedly told the students they dress like “hoes.”
Parents of the Jack Yates High School were not all in agreement with School Support Officer Dr. Tameca Richardson’s supposed comments about the students’ appearance. Some parents said the message was an adequate amount of “tough love,” but others found the comments completely out of line, and too vulgar from a Ph.D. educator.
Richardson’s name was not mentioned in the district’s apology, but was provided to KRIV-TV by an unidentified spokesperson for the Houston Independent School District.
The school district issued the following apology on Monday for the administrator’s reported approach:
“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.”
One parent, Cynthia King, told KRIV that the comments warranted disciplinary action.
“That was out of line and she should be disciplined for that,” King said. “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.”