Students asked to bend over for dress code

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (KFOR) -- An Oklahoma high school student says questions about her attire at school went too far leaving her and some fellow students feeling humiliated.

"As I was greeting the children coming in I knew we had a major, major problem on our hands," said Noble Public Schools Superintendent Ronda Bass.

On the first day of school, Superintendent Bass was one of the first to welcome students back.

"I am very proud to be known as `Mama Bear Bass.'"

Bass says she's very protective of her students and after she saw what some of the girls were wearing she decided to sit them down at the end of the day.

"The first question I asked was: How many of you in here believe that there are female students on the campus today that are dressed completely inappropriate? Most of their hands went up," she said.

But that's not what senior Stephanie Stewart remembers.

"The first sentence was: Have y'all ever seen any 'skanks' around this school?' Around the end she said, 'I don't want to see anyone's ass hanging out of their shorts...'"

We asked Bass if those words were ever used.

"I knew that students from other towns were calling our girls really negative names. The message I wanted to send to them was I don't want them to be called those names. I want us to be known as the classy lady Bears." she said.

Bass followed up, unannounced, asking the girls to stand up while she did a dress code check, even asking some of the girls to bend over. Stephanie was singled out because, in Bass' opinion, her dress was too short.

"If you're not comfortable with bending over we might have a problem," Bass told her.

Stephanie says her superintendent handled the situation inappropriately sending some of her friends home crying on the first week of school.

"A lot of girls actually felt humiliated. You could see it in their faces that they were," Stewart said.


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