New dress lessons restrictions on students’ wardrobe choices
September 17, 2015
Whether or not a school should have a dress code has always been a major controversy between students and faculty.
Many believe that having a dress code is necessary for keeping schools appropriate, while others believe that no school should be able to take away a student’s right to express who they are by what they wear.
Toward the end of last school year, Katherine Huntington, language arts teacher, took it upon herself to make a change in the dress code after hearing many complaints from students.
“This is a place of work and we should be dressed [for work], but we also live in the desert,” Huntington said.
She believes that a strict dress code is giving female students the wrong message.
“What we are telling females is that their body is inherently problematic and that is a hideous thing to tell young women,” Huntington said.
Her process of making a change began with an email to the administration about being on the dress code committee. She was informed that there wasn’t one but was allowed to start one. Afterwards, she went to Twitter to get input from students.
“I am really grateful that the administration is open to our ideas,” Huntington said.
Lynn Miller, principal, said that a dress code is not his main priority.
“I ask you to not push the limits, we never want to stop the parade to pick up a dime,” Miller said.
He also said that everybody is entitled to their own choice but students need to stay classy in everything they do.
Huntington also warns students to not push the limits by wearing even more provocative clothes now that dress codes allow spaghetti straps.
“Admin did a good thing on meeting us halfway but now we can’t push the limits,” Huntington said.
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