At a secondary school in Ebersberg, Bavaria, tight, airy clothing is forbidden for schoolgirls, despite the high temperatures. The school director justifies the demure dress code by saying that it stands for a “cosmopolitan society”. Some classmates with a migration background and foreign teachers would be bothered by the short skirts and crop tops. You have to take all cultures into account, “the rights of the individual stop where others feel disturbed,” says the director.
The dress code was discussed in detail in all classes, and there were even PowerPoint presentations on the subject. The parents of some students are outraged: they were not informed. “Otherwise we get a message about every little thing,” says a mother to the daily newspaper “Merkur”. It’s strange that teachers get “sexually aroused” when girls wear crop tops or have a low neckline. “Commands and prohibitions that only affect girls are not up to date,” says another.
The headmaster cannot understand the excitement about the dress code – it has existed since 2007. He also cannot understand that some parents are more bothered by the reasoning. “School is not a beach,” he says.