Everyday P-12 School graduate teacher, Mr Sam Hargreaves, has highlighted what he says is the ‘unfair dress code’ of the teaching profession.
Mr Hargreaves received a formal warning from vice-principal, Ms Ruth Horan, about wearing inappropriate footwear to school, specifically his thongs. In protest, Mr Hargreaves proceeded to highlight the summery footwear worn by his female colleagues. ‘Have a look around. Every female is wearing a version of thongs. Yes they’re fancy thongs, but they’re still thongs,’ he said, pointing around the staffroom. ‘If it’s a safety issue then female footwear should be targeted as well. The ladies can strap a piece of rubber to their feet with some fancy string and call it footwear but as a bloke I can’t wear thongs?’
There’s nothing safer than a pair of double-pluggers. My chances of a blow-out are virtually zero.
Ms Horan informed the graduate teacher that safety was indeed a consideration. ‘These are top-notch thongs,’ replied Mr Hargreaves. ‘There’s nothing safer than a pair of double-pluggers. My chances of a blow-out are virtually zero.’
The vice-principal then changed tack and informed Mr Hargreaves that the main issue was with looking professional and that a teacher in thongs does not portray a professional approach. At this point Mr Hargreaves decided to take matters into his own hands (or feet). ‘So now I’m wearing these bad boys,’ he said, ‘they’re the same thongs but I’ve hot-glued flowers to them. They’re just like what the women are wearing.’ Mr Hargreaves proudly displayed his thongs, complete with several dandy-lions glued to the rubber straps. ‘I reckon they look alright,’ he added.
They’re the same thongs but I’ve hot-glued flowers to them.
While yet to be spotted by Ms Horan in his flowery footwear, Mr Hargreaves already had his next moves planned. ‘If Ruth says I can’t wear these I’ll stick fancier flowers to them. If that doesn’t work I’ll paint them pink. If she’s still got an issue with them I’ll go all in and borrow a pair of summer footwear off my girlfriend and wear them.’