Make Changes to the Byron Center Dress Code

Make Changes to the Byron Center Dress Code

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jayeanna inthammavong started this petition to Byron Center School Board and

Dress codes at Byron Center are unnecessary and based off of rape culture. Is showing some skin “asking for it?” Many girls are being dress coded for means that are apparently “distracting” to the boys at our schools. We have collected numbers of signatures from many boys at Byron, asking if they are seemingly distracted by the girl’s clothes, all of them saying no. These dress codes also get inconsistent, dress coding girls for minor rips in jeans and then proceeding to allow short shorts in the summer. Multiple dress code incidents are also left “off the hook” or even “unnoticed” while others are sent home. Not to mention the completely nonexistent boys dress code. Boys at Byron have no dress code to fall under nor any code that applies to them. Here are some rules, word by word, clearly targeted towards girls or feminine individuals in the student handbook given; “Student clothing is expected to be modest. The following clothing and accessories are not permitted: strapless tops, off the shoulder tops, spaghetti straps, tops that expose the midriff, backless tops with strings, halter tops, low cut tops, cut off (sleeves) shirts, short shorts or short skirts (no more than six inches above the knee), exposed undergarments, ripped clothing six inches above knees, lounge pants, pajamas and/or slippers, blankets and studded jewelry.” While me and many others understand there needs to be some kind dress code here at school, some of these things aren’t distracting nor disturbing in the learning or teaching process. These things are also not sexual or explicit (in some circumstances) until teachers make them sexual/sexualize them. We just want a small change to Byron’s school dress code and we’d highly appreciated you for signing.

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