An education official at a Texas high school is under fire after telling some female students they have been dressing like ‘hoes.’
According to KRIV Fox 26, School Support Officer Dr. Tameca Richardson made the remark to female students at Jack Yates High School in Houston during an assembly on campus.
A spokesperson for the Houston Independent School District confirmed the language used by Richardson, the station reported.
Some parents expressed anger over Richardson’s terminology, saying the Ph.D.-level educator should have used language that was less offensive.
"That was out of line and she should be disciplined for that," Cynthia King, mother of a Yates student, told Fox 26.
"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," added King.
Still, other parents offered support for Richardson.
"If the young ladies were dressed in such a way that portrays the way 'hoes on the street' are dressed, I think it was appropriate that the administrators bring it to their attention, telling them we have a dress code here and we don't want you dressing like 'hoes' because it's not appropriate," said Mary Owens, mother of a Yates student.
HISD issued a statement, which included an apology:
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.