The saying had been on a wall above lockers in Gregory-Lincoln Education Center for the Performing and Visual Arts for five years,according to KTRK, but it was removed after a mother posted an image of the quote to social media.
Some saw it as sexist or misogynistic. Some saw it as a way of reminding young people about respect.
“It’s perpetuating horrible gender stereotypes, shaming women, and relinquishing boys of all responsibility. It’s sexist, mysogonistic, and discriminatory!” wrote Twitter user lbeckman. CNN reached out to the user on Saturday, but was unable to get a response.
“Why would that be disgusting? I think it’s true in BOTH senses. If you act more like a gentleman, she will act more like a lady. This is to say- if you show nobility, more people will follow suit. I believe people are looking too much into this and CREATING an issue,” Michael Waters tweeted.
A famed former New York madam said she used the quote to guide her “girls” in the 1980s.
The quote has been attributed to Sydney Biddle Barrows, whose arrest in 1984 was national news because of her upscale clients and inspired a made-for-TV movie starring Candice Bergen.
In an 1987 interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, Barrows, a descendant of two passengers of the Mayflower, said she would tell her workers the quote was a “basic rule that you should always keep in mind.”
The quote was on a wall of the Gregory-Lincoln PK-5 Education Center, according to the Houston Independent School District.
CNN reached out to Gregory-Lincoln school, a combined elementary and middle school, for comment but didn’t get an immediate response.
CNN’s Gisela Crespo and Sal Sendik contributed to this report.