Bebesitas Hoodie Suppression


Sebastian Duque

On August 12th, Maria Pia Molina, 12th grade TCS student, is obliged to cover up the word “borracha” from her “bebesitas” hoodie in order to be allowed to wear it at school. The administration considers the phrase “borracha pero buena muchacha” inappropriate, thus they are making girls cover it up.

Andrea Restrepo, Discoverer Staff Writer

Having “friend group” hoodies has become a trend for seniors at TCS, but on Monday, August 12, the administration notified 12th grade girls who owned a “bebesitas” hoodie that they had to either cover up “borracha” or stop wearing it at school.  

The controversial hoodie has a phrase in the back which states “borracha pero buena muchacha” that translates to “drunk but a good girl.” The administration is only making girls cover up the word “borracha” and is letting them wear it at school as long as it is completely hidden. 

“I wore my hoodie one day and I was walking really calmly to my class when Darian George stopped me… and told me that if I wanted to be Personera I had to cover the ‘borracha’ up,” Catalina Vélez, 12th grade TCS student and Personera candidate, said.

In a similar fashion, many 12th grade girls wearing the “bebesitas” hoodies were stopped by the administration and were told the same as Vélez. However, many of these girls didn’t know the real reasons behind the tape. Yet, the administration considered that covering up the word ‘borracha’ was absolutely necessary. 

“The official statement from the school is that we have a certain image that we want to project for all of our students at TCS, so it is not against a particular group of women, it’s just we want them to be reflected in a good light,” Darian George, High School Vice Principal, said. 

However, many teachers can recall other students wearing inappropriate hoodies to school in previous years and wearing them until the last day without generating controversy. 

“I remember a couple of years ago there was a student who had a sex, weights and protein shakes hoodie that he always wore, that,” Brian Summers, 10th grade History and Economics teacher, said. “I viewed as not appropriate for school, but the administration at the time [disagreed].” 

The aforementioned case has not been the only one in TCS history. Last year a group of male seniors wore a hoodie with nicknames alluding drugs and were told nothing throughout the whole year. Many people deemed the hoodie inappropriate for school. 

“I don’t agree with this. I think it is worse to say ‘oh the students at TCS are drug addicts’ than the word “borracha,” Vélez said. 

This year 12th grade girls are wondering why they need to cover up their hoodie when guys from previous years did not. Even if the reasoning behind the tape is controversial, the administration maintains their standpoint regarding the real reasons. 

“…the whole point with the tape is saying that we don’t agree with the statement completely. So if you have that taped up, we are allowing people to wear it,” George said.