North Laurel High School Dress Code Changes

North Laurel High School Dress Code Changes

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Jess King started this petition to Staff of Laurel County BoE

The dress code is a common issue, especially for females in modern day. We are told to cover our bodies and hide in shame under pieces of fabric in order not to distract male peers.

The flaw is not only that they require skirts to be knee length, but also shorts and any other clothing item that covers the lower portion. These rules are not limited only to the pants/skirts we wear, but also our shirts. We cannot expose any portion of our back, nor our shoulders. All for the sake of professionalism in offices and work forces that have regular outfits coming in and out of the building with far more revealing or provocative clothing.

Even with these extensive rules that haven't even been fully touched on, it's not rules that are enforced for every student. Smaller females and athletic participating males are often overlooked for reasons that can only be assumed, but are no matter what an unfair representation.

The issue occurs most commonly in the spring and summer seasons, but also occur often in the autumn when it's a likelihood of warm weather. The standards set for students are sexist and unfair to modern clothing design as finding outfits that check every aspect as well as keeping us comfortable between temperature changes from school building to the outdoors is cruel punishment in itself.

"I took my daughter to three different stores and collected maybe a total of two pairs of shorts that followed the handbook guidelines," a direct quote from one of the teachers at the school with a daughter.

You may ask how the rules are sexist, but that is simply because male clothing already reaches the knee and covers the back 80%-90% of the time, meanwhile female clothing is much more skin bearing, uncomfortable, or even unsightly.

All because women are taught to dress modestly instead of teaching men that women aren't only sexual objects and deserve the equal amount of respect and freedom.

Why I'm fighting so hard for this? I was sent home for the school day because of 3/4 of an inch-to a possible inch from my skirt to my knees. I missed about 30 minutes of school trying to not only calm myself down after being harassed by teachers telling me time and time again that I wasn't allowed to wear my skirt (8 times in a row, each one ruder than the last and exaggerating my reaction to other teachers for a reason to write me up). 30 minutes finding clothes that wouldn't get me immediately sent back home after the summer season has just passed.

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