Students Rebel Against Strict Dress Code in NY
This year’s hottest trends have been anything cut-off and cropped. These trends have become problematic for some students in Staten Island, NY. According to the New York Post, students have been fighting against the policy banning such trends, taking their detention slips and serving their time with a sassy grin.
The new school year at the Tottenville High School in New York City put new clothing rules into place that “prohibit girls from wearing shorts or skirts that don’t extend past the students’ fingertips when they have their arms down at their sides, low-cut or midriff-bearing shirts, leggings, skinny jeans, and more.”
Tottenville High School’s superintendent Aimee Horowitz was quoted in a statement talking about the school’s “Dress For Success” directive saying “students do have the right to determine their own dress except where such dress is dangerous or interferes with the learning and teaching process,”
To go against this rule and prove that it’s their right to dress how they choose, female students, who call the code “blatantly sexist” have dressed in “overtly revealing outfits”.
Such punishments for breaking this rule include a warning for a first time offender, a call home to parents for second infractions requiring they bring new clothes for their child to wear, or, further, a student can receive detention. According to the Post, nearly 90 percent of the detentions for dress code violations have been issued to female students.
What do you think of dress codes? Should students be given uniforms?