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14 times students and parents said school dress codes went too far

Published by Business Insider on Tue, 14 Aug 2018


Controversial school dress codes have been repeatedly in the news.Women have gotten in trouble for not wearing a bra, or for wearing a bra when the straps are showing. Both collarbones and shoulders have been called "too distracting" for boys in the classroom, and there are more than a few reports of girls being sent home for the clothes chosen for them by a parent.Because of these punishments, students often miss lessons to have their hemlines measured or to wait for a change of clothes to be brought to school by a parent. Now, students and parents are pushing back against school dress codes that they say objectify female students.Here are 14 times students got in trouble for what they were wearingand how they took a stand.Mallory Johnston and Grace Wood protested their school's policy of banning bra straps from showing.Mallory Johnston and Grace Wood, students atEssex High School inEssex, Ontario,protested their school's policy of suspending girls whose bra straps were showing.Johnston hung posters up around the school with messages like "Stop objectifying women," which were swiftly taken down by the vice principal. Both Johnston and Wood encouraged students to dress the way they wanted. Johnston was then suspended for breaking the dress code in protest.Mike Hawkins, the school's principal, told the CBC that "anyone needs approval to post anything around the school."Johnston stands by her demonstrations."I spoke out because it was very degrading to keep getting pulled out of my education for something so silly. I knew going forward with this would get backlash, but it was a risk I was willing to take because I believe that something should be changed," she said. "I believe in equality and women's rights. I should be able to speak my opinion without being disciplined."A high school senior was told to retake her yearbook picture because her exposed shoulders broke the school's dress code ' but she started a petition instead.Maine South High School senior Grace Goble had worn an off-the-shoulder top to school functions beforebut when she wore it for her yearbook photo, she was told she would have to retake the photo due to violating the dress code.In response, she started a petition called"Maine South High School: end the over-sexualization of young women's bodies" onChange.org.The day she posted the petition, her school principal told her that she wouldn'thave to retake her photo and asked her to be on a team of students who will revise the dress code."I was pleasantly surprised [by] how willing my principal was to take actions and hear my thoughts. He's new to the school this year, so I had only briefly met him before this," she previously told INSIDER. "I'm proud that I was able to make a change, even if it was just at my school. I hope that others see the power of an individual standing up for what they believe in and do the same."A high school principal told students not to wear leggings "unless you are a size 0 or 2," upsetting both students and parents.A high school principal in South Carolinatold students who wear leggings to school that they make them look fatat an assembly."I've told you this before, I'm going to tell you this now, unless you are a size zero or two and you wear something like that, even though you're not fat, you look fat," the school's principal, Heather Taylor, said. Her speech was recorded and obtained by WCBD-TV, a local news station, though she initially tried to downplay her remarks.After uproar from both students and parents, who called her message "hurtful" and "unprofessional," Taylor agreed to apologize.See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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