PLEASANT HILL, Calif. (KTVU) - A Vice Principal at College Park High School in Pleasant Hill is the subject of an internal investigation for comments he allegedly made about teenage girls regarding the school dress code after a students posted about the incident on social media.
A post on Instagram by a sophomore student claims the vice principal singled her out in front of 300 of her peers and called her outfit too scandalous. The girl was wearing a spaghetti strap tank top and sweatpants. She also claimed the vice principal mocked teenage girls and told them not to show too much skin.
Friends of the girl think the vice principal’s comments were inappropriate.
“He said he’d never seen so many bras in his life and he pulled out Becca she was wearing sweatpants and tank top,” Dariana Mihalache, a student, said. “He singled her out like, ‘Don’t wear spaghetti straps, whatever this is’.”
The incident happened during a presentation to the sophomore class, which included details about what students can and cannot wear. Students said the vice principal never mentioned the dress code for boys, only for girls.
“As soon as it happened she was really offended and stormed to the office to file a complaint,” Sarah MacAskill, another student, said.
Principal Joe Alvarez said they received four complaints from female students. He denied that the vice principal singled out specific students during the presentation, but rather was merely using his arm to point reference a PowerPoint presentation.
“As he was walking around, he made a gesture,” Alvarez said. “At that point in time, the gesture made it seem to four students in particular that they were being singled out.”
School officials are now taking a strict look at their protocols to make sure students and parents know what is considered proper attire.
“This is a character building experience for all involved and I want to ensure that every student feels that they’re heard,” he added. “We are taking precautions as much as possible to make sure this type of incident doesn’t happen again.”
The post has blown up on social media with the majority of comments supporting the teen.
“I don’t do anything to violate the dress code in any way and I still take great offense to that,” Mihalache said. “How could you single out the girls and not mention the guys?”