- Associated Press - Friday, October 3, 2014

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) - School officials in Devils Lake are being criticized for showing clips from a movie about a prostitute during an assembly to educate students about the school dress code.

Superintendent Scott Privratsky told the Devils Lake Daily Journal (http://bit.ly/1CInX1i ) that the school has received positive feedback as well, and High School Principal Ryan Hanson said he thinks the incident has been blown out of proportion.

“Unfortunately, it blew up into an irrefutable controversy - bigger than the DLHS and Devils Lake community was ready for,” Hanson said.

Criticism erupted on social media last week after students were shown clips from the R-rated 1990 movie “Pretty Woman,” in which actress Julia Roberts plays a prostitute.

“We just wanted a visual example of the way you dress, is how people perceive you,” English teacher Phyllis Kadrmas said.

The school held another assembly Wednesday to clarify that officials only want students to dress appropriately, WDAZ-TV reported.

“Any decision we make, no matter how it’s perceived, is always thinking of the students first,” Hanson told the newspaper.

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Information from: Devils Lake Journal, http://www.devilslakejournal.com

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