As sad as it is, gone are the days when Kelly Kapowski could show up to homeroom wearing a bandeau top and high waisted jean shorts. Now, the debate for school uniforms revolves around gang affiliation and sexual exploitation (basically, you’re either accused of being a banger or a slut). Because spaghetti straps and multi-colored beads have become such a scandalous, sensitive topic, we decided to investigate the validity of school uniform policies and take a look at some of the most outrageous dress code violations we could find.
As sad as it is, gone are the days when Kelly Kapowski could show up to homeroom wearing a bandeau top and high waisted jean shorts. Now, the debate for school uniforms revolves around gang affiliation and sexual exploitation (basically, you’re either accused of being a banger or a slut). Because spaghetti straps and multi-colored beads have become such a scandalous, sensitive topic, we decided to investigate the validity of school uniform policies and take a look at some of the most outrageous dress code violations we could find.Dress code policy has been a huge debate in school systems for decades, and when it comes down to it, both sides of the coin are equally as valid as they are incredulous. Girls are targeted for showing their shoulders and wearing skirts that hover just above their knees, while males are hounded for their hairstyles or repping their favorite sports teams.
All fashion statements aside, we know that schools are responsible for keeping a safe, peaceful environment for students. But as American Citizens under the First Amendment, students have the inherent right to express themselves freely… and herein lies the issue. By requiring school uniforms or creating a strict dress code, schools are not only taking away freedom of speech and expression, they’re arguably stifling creativity and stunting self-awareness by marginalizing the youths of today.
Eighth Grader Suspended for Supporting the Troops
Alan Holmes, an eighth grader at Dexter McCarty Middle School in Oregon, was sent home for wearing a shirt that featured a gun as part of its design. The rifle image was part of a statement supporting the US military. Holmes's older brother served in Iraq.
Despite the positive message, school officials decided that any image of a gun was inappropriate at school. Especially following the mass shooting at a community college in Roseburg, Oregon earlier in the month. The school district put out a statement saying, "while the district’s dress code does not allow clothing with images of weapons, in light of this situation, we will take a closer look at our policy."Source: Willamette Week
High Schooler Sent Home for Exposed Collar Bones
Kentucky student Stephanie Hughes was was sent home from Woodford County High School for her exposed collar bones in this ensemble. Administrators said the outfit was inappropriate and “may distract their male classmates."
Hughes's mom took to Facebook to vent about the school's decision. “This is ridiculous! Parents are being called away from their important jobs and students are missing important class time because they are showing their collarbones!” They started a Change.org petition to get the school's dress code changed.Source: Refinery29
Student Sent Home for Wearing Spandex and a Long-Sleeved Baseball Tee
Macy Edgerly was sent home for wearing spandex pants and a long baseball tee that landed a few inches above her knees. When she arrived home, her sister posted a picture of the forbidden outfit to Facebook, where it was shared nearly 100K times! The alleged crime was most likely the spandex that Macy donned, but what about baseball players wearing spandex to their games? Or football players? Or wrestling unitards, for goodness sake?Source: IJReview
Male Student Sent Home for Wearing a Skirt
Warren Evans, a high school student in Maryland, was suspended from school for wearing the outfit pictured above. Fellow students from his high school claimed that females often wear skirts of the same length and do not get suspended. Evans argues that he was targeted not for the length of his skirt, but because he was a boy dressing up in female clothing. The school gave no comment on the matter, claiming that dress code rules apply to all students and that there was no gender discrimination involved in their decision.Source: NBC News Washington