Does Hooters have a place in school?
Our colleague Ron Matus has a story today about a mom upset because a Hooters waitress talked to her son's sixth grade class for the Great American Teach In. She was wearing sweatpants instead of those tiny orange shorts, but the mom still didn't like the idea. Other schools have had similar dustups, such as fundraisers at Hooters, that have been frowned on as an inappropriate venue. Earlier this year parenting blogs were debating a Baltimore school that took 8th graders to a Hooter's for lunch while on a field trip.
Interim Pinellas superintendent John Stewart said being a waitress was "an honorable way to make a living." He said he worked as a 50-cent-an-hour soda jerk between high school and college, so he didn't see a problem with the Teach-In. But I'm not sure "being a waitress" is the issue. The place is called Hooters, after all. The waitresses wear tight T-shirts and skimpy shorts. Some parents dislike exposing their children to the stereotypes the restaurant invokes. Is that a valid concern?
Would you have a problem with a Hooters waitress doing the Teach-In or your school having a fundraiser there?
--Sharon Kennedy Wynne
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