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All sides of dress code issue should be addressed

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Re: ďFootprints Learning Academy reacts to criticism over dress code,Ē May 15

Dear Editor,

I currently have three children attending Footprints Learning Academy for learning school. I have never heard or seen any acts or comments towards any religion, race, sexual preference that would be offensive to anyone. In fact the school has been wonderful. There are children attending from all sorts of different cultures and families. Two of my children transferred from public schools. The public schools were great and my kids were doing well, but we thought a school that was smaller, with more one-on-one from teachers and aids would be beneficial to my kids.

The hardest thing to choke down about this story for me is that my kids love their school (FFLA). They donít want to go anywhere else and are very confused about why people are being so vicious and have so much hatred. Honestly, what is that teaching our kids? Is this not bullying? Blasting a school for a dress code? A code that 94 per cent of the school wanted? There are dress codes everywhere! Police man, private schools, firefighters, nurses, doctors, teachers, plumbers, the list could go on forever. Itís been really hard to hear the story blasted on the radio (which I turned off quickly, but not before the damage was done) and hear people talking about it.

Iím very sad no one has even considered how all the children who currently go to this school are feeling. This is a story about the rights of someone, well what about the rights of the kids there who are so very happy? They love it there and the school is very unfairly being blasted. This has been a wonderful environment for learning and growth.

Iím sad at the very untrue picture that is being painted about the school. It is untrue.

Iím asking as a parent if people talking, gossiping, writing, to step back and think. There are two sides to every story, but more important there are families and children involved.

Please stop. Let these kids enjoy being kids, all kids involved.

Michelle Smith, Airdrie


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