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The Dress Code Must Go

by Kennedy Kiersey, Mirror Staff

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Surprising as it sounds, Coldwater High School does have a dress code.

Whether or not students actually follow it is another thing.

But why don’t students follow it?

Maybe because the dress code, unlike some people’s shorts, is one size fits all. And it doesn’t work very well.

The dress code states that students should not have shorts, skirts, or dresses that are shorter than a dollar bill above the middle of the knee cap.

This would be great if everyone was short! But we aren’t and the policy is biased against long legged people.

Have you ever tried to buy shorts for a person who is taller that would fit the dress code?

Personally, I do not have any shorts that fit this requirement as I have Amazon legs.

The only choices that fit the dress code are capri pants and khaki shorts made for BOYS!

The limitations of the dress code are a big problem.

It is excruciating having to sit in these classes until the middle of June wearing jeans because they are “school appropriate.”

Without a restrictive dress code, the fear of weapons would no longer be an issue.

More girls would wear tight clothes, so it would be obvious whether or not they were carrying a gun or something along those lines.

Some teachers would argue and say that it would be easy to mistake a cell phone for a gun, which is totally bogus.

A phone and a gun are two different shapes.

Anyone should be able to tell the difference between the two.

It shouldn’t be that hard.

The reasoning behind dress codes is because some things that people wear can be
“uncomfortable” for other people to look at, and as a result it takes away their concentration from learning.

Well, when students have to wear longer, heavier clothing, they too become uncomfortable and sweaty, and so then they can’t concentrate.

Is that fair?

And while we are at it, what about those who flaunt the dress code? You know, the kids who wear a sweatshirt, long pants, and a light jacket when its 80 degrees out in May.

Maybe there should be a dress code violation for wearing something so warm that you sweat constantly and smell like raw sewage?

This is especially a problem in the these hot June conditions with no air conditioning in the school.

Why would you make other people suffer because you sweat more than a normal person and don’t bother to apply deodorant before leaving your house?

Either way, someone isn’t concentrating in class, so why punish students for dressing “inappropriately” to stay cool?

Especially if we have to go to school until the middle of June.

Of course, with not having a dress code there should be some exceptions.

Like if someone decided to show up to school in a bikini or if their butt was hanging out from the bottom of their shorts.

You know, the kind of thing you point at and whisper to your friends when you see someone dressed like that at Wal-mart.

It isn’t that difficult to know what is really distracting.

Personally, I think the school should be a little more lenient on their dress code and understand that it is actually possible to wear “short shorts” and still not interrupt the educational process.

And all this is not to mention that most of the dress code deals with girls.

Are boys not distracting?

I wonder if a boy showed up in short shorts and a skin tight shirt, if the school would send them home for “inappropriate” clothing.

Probably not for fear that they will be accused of “discrimination.”

“Oh I’m a guy, and just because I’m a guy, I can’t wear this?”

Sorry, if a guy can get away with it, then why can’t I?

“Oh, I’m an Amazon, and just because I have long legs I can’t wear shorts?”

Guys don’t get in trouble for the bro tanks that they were where you can see halfway down both sides of them.

One of the dress code regulations says that students cannot wear “Physically revealing clothing, including those that expose cleavage and undergarments.”

Technically when a guy wears a bro tank, you don’t see his undergarments (and if you do they there’s probably something he should be telling you), so he doesn’t violate the dress code in that manner.

Physically he is revealing everything that he has underneath that shirt every time he walks and his shirt “flies in the wind.”

But the moment a girl decided to wear a similar shirt, it is automatically too revealing and she’s just doing it for attention from guys.

If we are to have a dress code, shouldn’t it be followed fairly among EVERYONE in the school and not just a set of people in school?

I feel that if a student’s parents allow him or her to walk out of the house wearing whatever “revealing” clothes, then the school shouldn’t interfere with that decision.

Unless, of course, the clothing students wear is so distracting that people stop and point, or take pictures to post on Facebook.

Adam and Eve dress wear, for instance.

I took a class at KCC this spring and never found myself distracted by another person’s clothing once, and I’m sure someone wore too short shorts or yoga pants and a t-shirt at least once during that time.

It might have been me.

To me, the dress code policy is more disruptive than the clothing students are removed from class for, so why have one at all?

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The Dress Code Must Go