A Florida girl wore a short skirt to her new high school and was told to wear a “shame suit” — a garish T-shirt and sweatpants — for dress code violators. Mom is complaining about the humiliation.
My sister was sent home from high school for wearing culottes. They were considered too close to shorts, which were banned. Girls had to wear a dress or skirt that hit no higher than mid-knee. Flip-flops weren’t banned because it never occurred to anyone to wear them to school. These were the rebellious ’60s. All our energy went into our hair.
Dress code rebellions are springing up across the U.S. and Canada, reports the Huffington Post.
Two dozen Georgia middle school students were suspended on charges of “terroristic threats” a Facebook post urged classmates to violate the dress code on the last week of school.
By Thursday, the post escalated to, “Everything they say we can’t wear, wear,” and, “We need the hallways packed and out of control” with everyone participating.
The end of the post threatens whoever might snitch.
Every student who shared or commented was suspended.
In March, over 500 students at Haven Middle School in Evanston, Illinois, signed a petition opposing what they’d been told was a full ban on leggings and yoga pants.
Seventh grader Sophie Hasty explained to local news that teachers said the clothing was distracting for other students — rather, the boys. “We just want to be comfortable!” Hasty wrote to the Evanston Review.
Students at Wauwatosa West High School in Wisconsin want to wear short shorts. “They are just legs,” sophomore Elizabeth Kniffin told the local TV news. “Is that really too distracting? I understand that girls shouldn’t be coming to school with their butts or chests hanging out, but there has to be a happy medium.”
Told her short shorts were too short, 11th-grader Lindsey Stocker charged the dress code at her Quebec high school is sexist and “body shaming.”
Girls’ fingertips can’t go beyond the bottom of their shorts or skirts, which discriminates against the long-armed.
After failing the dress code inspection, I felt very attacked,” Lindsey told Canadian news outlet CBC.
She printed 20 sheets of paper that read, “Instead of shaming girls for their bodies, teach boys that girls are not sexual objects.” She posted them around the school and drew a one-day suspension.
Teach teenage boys that teenage girls in short shorts are not sexual objects. Oh, yeah. That’s going to work.
School dress codes aren’t just for students anymore, reports USA Today. More schools are adopting dress codes for teachers.
When kids in one Kansas school district return to class this fall, they won’t be seeing cutoff shorts, pajama pants or flip flops — on teachers.
. . . Jeans are banned in at least one elementary school in New York City. A school district in Phoenix is requiring teachers to cover up tattoos and excessive piercings. And several Arizona schools are strictly defining business casual.
Nineteen percent of schools require uniforms for students, double the rate of 10 years ago, reports the National Center for Education Statistics.
Suspended from her North Carolina high school for violating the dress code, Ariana Iacono, 14, says her nose ring is a religious symbol and therefore constitutionally protected.
“I think it’s kind of stupid for them to kick me out of school for a nose piercing,” she said. “It’s in the First Amendment for me to have freedom of religion.”
Ariana and her mother, Nikki, 32, belong to the Church of Body Modification, which actually exists.
Richard Ivey, the Iaconos’ Raleigh-based minister in the church, believes it’s a case of officials dismissing something unfamiliar.
. . . Ivey describes the church as a non-theistic faith that draws people who see tattoos, piercings and other physical alterations as ways of experiencing the divine.
School policy provides for dress-code exemptions based on religious faith, so the Iaconos are bound to prevail.