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07/09/2013 11:36 am ET | Updated Jul 09, 2013

Decatur Classical School Principal Shames Female Students For Wearing 'Short Shorts,' Apologizes

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Parents at one of Illinois' top elementary schools were livid over the school's principal reportedly singling out seven female students for wearing shorts the principal felt showed off too much skin.

The parents of students at Decatur Classical School in Chicago's West Rogers Park neighborhood voiced their displeasure with principal Susan Josephine Kukielka's actions Monday at their local school council meeting, according to CBS Chicago.

The parents allege that Kukielka left some of their daughters in tears after they were told they were “not girls of distinction because their shorts are too short" at an assembly on the last day of school.

The girls were given an "award" by Kukielka for their attire and were asked to stand and be recognized for their "achievement" during the assembly, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

The principal has since apologized for her actions, though some parents still were calling for her to resign over what they perceive as a trend of using public humiliation to discipline students at the school, which does not have an official dress code, according to the Sun-Times.

A parent of one of the students called out for her attire contacted HuffPost and provided this photo of what her 10-year-old daughter was wearing that day:

decatur classical school short shorts

A series of incidents involving students' attire both at school and school functions nationwide -- including banning strapless dresses from prom and banning female students from wearing tight pants because they were deemed "distracting" -- has caused some to question whether so-called "slut-shaming" is being enforced through some schools' dress codes.

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