Update the Groesbeck Highschool Dresscode
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The current Dresscode at Groesbeck Highschool prohibits males from having hair that is over collar length, while girls have no such limit. Also, it prohibits the growth of facial hair. Both of these should be changed to allow male students a wider variety of expression. As long as the hair is kept up and is not a distraction in the classroom, there is no valid reason for why it is currently prohibited. In Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, "The First Amendment, as applied through the Fourteenth, did not permit a public school to punish a student for wearing a black armband as an anti-war protest, absent any evidence that the rule was necessary to avoid substantial interference with school discipline or the rights of others. Eighth Circuit reversed and remanded." In the same case it was stated that "It can hardly be argued that either students or teachers shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate." Without going into things such as violations of freedom of speech or discrimination, the dress code provides no real reason for the ban. As well as facial hair, the administration commonly says that it is banned because "that is how it always has been". This is simply not a valid reason. This petition is not an act of defiance, rather students standing up and fighting for what they desire to see change in. Other schools (Franklin HS, Samuel Clemens HS, Vets Memorial HS, just to name a few) allow for their students to express themselves as they please. Thus allowing the students to feel their best as well as learn good hygeine that comes with facial hair (as well as long hair). As highschoolers and young adults we should be able to express ourselves freely, as long as it is not a distraction in the classroom.
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