Florida man says school forced son to take off Hooters mask – National


A Florida man says he has no idea why his son’s fifth-grade teacher forced the boy to change his coronavirus mask, which featured the Hooters restaurant brand.Steve Golba says his son Ian, 11, was forced to change the mask at Sunset Park Elementary School in Windermere, Fla. On Monday after the boy’s teacher flagged it as inappropriate.

“There is nothing offensive or derogatory about this mask,” Golba told local station WESH.

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The orange mask has the word “Hooters” written several times on it in white balloon letters.

“I don’t think it’s offensive,” Golba said. “It’s just a restaurant.”

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A ‘Hooters Girl’ is shown in this promotional image.


Hooters is a restaurant chain with hundreds of franchises in the United States and Canada. Its logo features two exaggerated “O’s” in the middle with an owl apparently looking at them.

“Hooters” is also a euphemism for boobs – a double meaning that the restaurant has long played with skimpy outfits for its predominantly female wait staff, whom it calls “Hooters Girls.” The company also highlights busty women in its marketing and beauty calendars.

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Golba says his son has been wearing a Hooters mask for weeks and has been asked to remove it twice, including the most recent incident on Monday.

“I wore it and (the teacher) said it wasn’t appropriate for school and I asked her why and she said if you really want to know why go ask the principal,” said Ian told WESH.

“He told me to take it off three times and I asked him why, he told me to take it off, so I took it off and had to wear a different mask.

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In another interview, Ian says he was told that the mask “expresses a woman’s body.”

He returned the mask on another occasion, he said.

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The school district says it does not comment on discipline. However, he told WESH and Fox 35 that the mask violated his dress code.

“The principal of each school reserves the right to determine the appropriate dress code for the school,” states the dress code.

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Health experts around the world say wearing masks in public is one of the best ways to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19, especially indoors and anywhere where physical distance is impossible.

Greg Golba promised to send his son back to school with the mask on, although he also told the boy to remove it if asked.

“I never saw it as anything other than a restaurant,” Golba told Fox 35.

He added that he loved their chicken wings and would bring his son back soon.

The channel is operating under heightened security measures amid the pandemic, according to its website. Various Hooters masks appear to have been added to the uniform.

“Do we think women’s bodies are offensive? I do not know. Me no, ”Golba said.

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“The manager told me it was inappropriate. I said I don’t understand why this is inappropriate. There is nothing wrong with this mask.

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