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Political leaders voice concern over dress code blitz at east end high school

Staff and teachers, mostly male, at École Secondaire Catholique Béatrice-Desloges conducted a one day dress code blitz where students were told to bend over and touch their toes while staff members measured the length from their knees to the hem of their shorts. 
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École Secondaire Catholique Béatrice-Desloges in Orléans. Photo/ Facebook

In response to a dress code crackdown that took place at an Orléans high school on May 12, one Liberal candidate said she "will fight to have this practice stopped."

Staff and teachers, mostly male, at École Secondaire Catholique Béatrice-Desloges conducted a one day dress code blitz where students were told to bend over and touch their toes while staff members measured the length from their knees to the hem of their shorts. 

Ottawa-Vanier Liberal candidate Lucille Collard took to twitter to voice her displeasure regarding the incident at the east end high school. 

"Dress codes are so outdated and discriminatory," she posted. 

Approximately 50-60 students were sent to the office, most of them female. Some students said they felt humiliated by what happened. 

On Friday, May 13, students walked out in protest because of what happened one day earlier and in a Twitter thread, Ottawa police said they were called to the school around 11:30 a.m. after receiving information that students were outside the premises protesting.

Officers arrived on scene and helped school personnel. Police said they attempted to de-escalate a situation with one youth who was not a student at the school and was identified as trespassing. That individual, police added, was arrested at the scene for causing a disturbance and trespassing and was escorted off school property.

He was released without charges. No other charges were laid or tickets were issued during the protest.

Cumberland Coun. Catherine Kitts said she's aware of the situation at Béatrice- Desloges. 

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