School Makes Girls Wear Trash Bag Skirts
NEW YORK (AP) - Two Bronx girls reportedly had to wear skirts made of trash bags to class as a punishment for coming to school in jeans rather than their uniforms.
The sixth-graders at the Bronx Preparatory Charter School were made to wear the bags by principal Marina Bernard Damiba, the Daily News reported Friday.
Damiba called the garbage-bag skirts ``Damiba fashions'' and said they weren't meant to be humiliating.
``It was more of a fun way to say, 'Listen, guys, wear the uniforms,''' she told the News. ``Let's not dwell on something as simple as wearing the uniforms when we have a lot of business to take care of. We have a lot of learning to get done.''
Joy Vasquez, whose daughter, 12-year-old Christina Zuniga, was one of the girls who wore the skirts, at first said the punishment was ``really wrong,'' the News said.
But after meeting with Damiba, she told the News that her daughter ``got a lesson out of it.''
Students at the school are required to wear a polo shirt with the school's logo and khaki, black, gray or navy blue pants or skirts that are at least knee-length.