Two students, one of which wishes to remain anonymous, and the other, Tory Phillips, wore slacks to Senior's Awards Day at Mary G. Montgomery May the 12th. Both of these were pulled from the line in the auditorium and were told that they could not participate because of their apparel. Their apparel is more commonly associated with men, and according to the principal, Mr. George Romano, whom I talked to myself, said does not 'fit standards.' The students were told that if they do not wear dresses to graduation, they cannot walk.
Male students were clearly instructed to wear "a dark tie", and there were plenty of red and american flag ties, along with ties that are not "dark", and they got to participate. Additionally, female students were instrusted to wear dresses, no spaghetti straps, strapless, or halter tops; and there were girls that were wearing every one of those styles. This is clear proof of the blatant sexism in the fact that these students were pulled out when so many others were violating rules that were plainly stated beforehand.
The policy of the county's school system states that graduation dress code is up to the individual schools, so the only people that can change this are the administrators at Mary G. Montgomery High School.
Discrimination is wrong! Tory and anyone else should be allowed to wear appropriate attire to graduation. It should not be mandatory to wear a dress.
Times change, and people should change along with them!
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