Parents were furious over the actions of a principal of an elite Chicago magnet elementary school on Monday after they allege the principal used public humiliation to scold young girls who were wearing extremely short shorts.
Parents gathered at a school council meeting this week for Decatur Classical School to confront principal Susan J. Kukielka about singling certain female students for wearing short shorts.
The school accepts students by application if they meet certain academic criteria. Decatur Classical School is located on Chicago’s far northwest side and serves students K-6. It was named Chicago’s best new elementary school in Chicago Magazine last year.
Parents claim that Principal Kukielka called out several girls during an end of year assembly, announcing to the entire school that the girls were “not girls of distinction” because their shorts were too short. Parents said the principal’s actions were cruel and humiliating and left their daughters embarrassed, causing them to cry.
According to CBS News, one mother showed up at the council meeting wearing short shorts herself, calling for Kukielka to resign.
Kukielka apologized to the parents. In a message posted the school’s website, Kukielka wrote, “At Decatur, we embrace the diversity of our students and are proud of their high academic achievements. Together as the Decatur family, we must continue to strive for improvements and celebrate our achievements. As the principal, I invite you to contact me if you have concerns, questions or ideas that will help our school keep its fine reputation.”