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ADL Sends Letter to Clements High School

  • September 2, 2016

After reports that an administrator at Clements High School made some stereotypical and misogynistic remarks at an assembly, ADL sent the letter below to the principal.  Principal David Yaffie responded that he appreciated the ADL resources and would use them in further discussions on gender stereotypes.

Hello David,

Thank you for your prompt response to our call yesterday morning.   We welcome your apologies and recognition that the reported stereotypical and misogynistic comments were inappropriate and should not have been made and your assurances that steps are being taken to address this situation.  Thank you for your leadership on this matter.

As you know, ADL has extensive educational and anti-bias resources that promote respect, build self-esteem, and challenge stereotypes and bigotry.  We also have specific resources pertaining to gender stereotypes and sexism.  Here are links to a few of them:

Is Olympic Coverage Sexist?

Stereotypes of Girls and Women in the Media

Gender and Sexism

Toward Communication Free of Gender Bias

Thank you for your interest to explore how these resources can be used by your students and faculty in their ongoing discussions about being respectful and inclusive.  These are important conversations to have and ADL is pleased to be able to offer our resources to Clements High School.


Jodi Bernstein                                                Susan Shaw

Senior Associate Regional Director               Associate Director, Education

ADL Southwest Region                                   ADL Southwest Region