School: Wear 'Modest' Clothes to Deter Pedophiles

Letter to parents sparks outrage
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 1, 2011 4:20 PM CDT
One Glasgow school thinks uniforms 'protect' children from sexual predators.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Parents in King’s Park, Scotland, are outraged over a local school’s suggestion that the way their children dress might attract sexual predators. In the wake of the arrest of an alleged local predator, the school has sent out a letter telling parents that “an appropriate school uniform (eg school trousers, knee-length school skirt etc) protects children from being targeted by sexual predator,” according to the BBC.

“We must do all we can to keep our children safe,” the letter continues. “A modest school uniform is more appropriate than fashion skirts, trousers or tops.” It then names a department store where approved items can be purchased. The Scottish Parent Teacher Council has objected to the letter, saying it “implies that young people are in some way responsible for the activities of pedophiles.” Or, as Jezebel puts it: “Pedophiles don’t lose interest in children when they put on a looser pair of pants.”

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