A dress code issued by Biglerville High School in Pennsylvania has the typical dress and grooming reminders for a graduation ceremony – beware of short dresses, plunging necklines, etc. But then there’s this tidbit of wardrobe warning: ‘Cover up dem sausage rolls!’
Writes the HuffPost: “Administrators gave a letter to students on Tuesday that offered guidelines for appropriate attire for an awards ceremony that will take place before Friday’s graduation. In the letter, male students were advised to wear khakis or dress slacks with a collared shirt and reminded to pull their pants up. Female students were told to wear ‘modest attire,’ which included clothing that would ‘keep the girls’ (female breasts) covered and supported.’”
But the sexist letter, which is going viral on social media, also had the following directives given to the boys:
Pull your pants up! Your underwear choices should be your own private choice and remain private. And besides, it is really a bad look to be walking and hanging onto your drawers to keep them from falling down.
To the girls, the school offered the following erudite advice:
If your skirt it too short, that means that everyone in the auditorium will know exactly what kind of underwear you have on… no bellies showing, keep “the girls” covered and supported, and make sure that nothing is so small that all your bits and pieces are hanging out. Please remember that as you select an outfit for the awards assembly that we don’t want to be looking at “sausage rolls,” as Mrs. Elliott calls them. As you get dressed remember that you can’t put ten pounds of mud in a five-pound sack.
Senior Brianna Burtop said the letter was beyond offensive.
“You’re supposed to feel safe and comfortable here,” Brianna said. “For a letter like that to come from the administration is really appalling.”
“You can’t talk to women like that in a work place. It’s just totally wrong. It’s totally degrading,” added Brianna’s mother Jessica Burtop.
The school has since had to some fast backtracking. On May 27, the Upper Adams School District released a statement, writing that they “regret” the letter was sent, but did not formally apologize for it. The school blamed the letter on a document that “was drafted years ago,” and said “the author of the original document has since retired.”
Of note, the Biglerville High School faculty page does list a Mrs. Elliott, though it’s unclear if this is the same teacher referred to in the letter. A message has been left with the school clerk’s office asking for a return comment.
Multiple families are now reportedly considering filing a lawsuit against the district and their ill-attempt at being humorous.
While many of the families of students at Biglerville took offense, others are hailing the school as writing exactly what teens need to hear. Where do you fall? Is this Biglerville dress code letter an outrage?