High school students wear crop tops to protest dress code

The students do not understand how this gaze prevents them from learning. (Photo: Stocky)

If dressing comfortably and expressively is so wrong, why is it so right? This question has been raised over and over again by students all over the world.

And now it’s the students of Bluefield High School.

To protest unnecessary school dress codes, students at the Prince Edward Island school in Canada wore cropped tops to class.

“We should be able to express ourselves through our clothes,” said Samara Ford, a 10th grader at the school who participated in the protest. “How does the way we dress affect our learning? It’s not,” said Samantha Gallant, another student who participated in the protest. “The only thing that affects our learning is teachers pulling us out of the classroom.”

She makes a valid point.

Students against the school’s dress code have created a petition and Facebook group in hopes of changing the rules. The school administration said some students also put up posters at school in an attempt to rally others.

A student said she was wearing a tank top on a hot day and was forced to put on a sweater. “It’s definitely hot in the summer and even in the spring, so I want to be able to wear crop tops, I want to be able to wear shorts,” she said. How do they expect students to learn when they are too hot because they had to wear pants on a sweltering day?

The school dress code does not allow stockings above mid-thigh and suspenders thinner than two fingers. The stomach, back and hips must be covered. The school explains that “learning the fundamentals of proper dress at an early age will provide the student with a valuable life habit.” Since many professions call for suits, we can understand this reasoning.

However, this us can not come to terms with: “Dressing appropriately for a variety of situations shows that a student has a high degree of self-respect and respect for others.

What someone wears has nothing to do with self-respect. For many it is simply a way of expressing themselves; for others, it is part of the daily routine. Just because someone gets out of bed and puts on the first thing she sees doesn’t mean she has no dignity, but that’s what the school statement implies.

The school principal admits the rules may be a bit outdated – they’ve been in place for a decade – and he’s open to revising them. “I told them to take a week to 10 days to research, engage students and staff, and come up with a proposal,” he said. Unfortunately, not all schools have reasonable managers.

Two years ago, nearly 200 students at New York’s Tottenville High School wore their favorite yarns to protest strict rules prohibiting girls from wearing shorts or skirts that don’t extend past their fingertips when their arms are in their arms. down the sides, shirts, leggings, skinny jeans, etc., low-cut or midriff-baring, and who have proudly served time in prison for it.

A few months ago, a high school in Victoria, Australia made headlines for scolding its female students and essentially accusing them of landing the school on a photo-sharing website. In a bid to ‘reassure their spirits’, officials at the school, Kambrya College, have warned young women to ‘protect their integrity’ by lowering the hems of their skirts and forgoing make-up and ‘sexy selfies’ . Feeling victimized and targeted by the very people she trusted to protect her, a 15-year-old student was motivated to share a video on Facebook exposing the reaction of school officials and defending what self-esteem and integrity mean to her. “I’ll be honest, I’m pretty angry that she [assistant principal Jo Wastle] thinks… she thinks I don’t respect myself for the way I wear my skirt, or the way other girls wear their skirts,” Faith Sobotker said. “We don’t live in the 1950s anymore. I’m looking for equality. I try to be able to show my body without being sexualized. I am 15 years old. You have no right to sexualize me like that. You can’t tell me my body is sacred, because it’s not. Half the population is made up of women, right? We are not sacred. We are not a new discovery.

Hollie Sikes, a student at Farragut High School in Knoxville, Tennessee, started a Change.org petition to protest her school’s “irrationally strict” dress code, saying it’s not just sexist but ‘it also puts the health of students at risk. In the petition, which currently has more than 3,700 supporters, Sikes opposes school rules that ban shorts that don’t pass the fingertip length test. “We can’t ignore the simple truth that clothing stores don’t carry a wide variety of girls’ shorts that are below fingertip length, if any, so young women are forced to wear pants. longs and jeans in 90-100 degree weather just to avoid suspension,” Sikes wrote in the petition. “Not only does this pose health risks, such as nausea, overheating and even fainting, but it promotes victim blaming in the (unfortunately, extremely common) case of sexual harassment among students.”

We’re starting to think that dress codes do more harm than good.

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