Change the dress codes at Walsh Middle school and other schools in Framingham.

Change the dress codes at Walsh Middle school and other schools in Framingham.

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Maggie Steiner started this petition to superintendent of Framingham and

Hi, my name is Maggie. I am an eighth grader at Walsh. Recently in history class we were told to choose an issue that is going on in society. I chose to try to change the dress codes at Walsh and other schools in Framingham. The dress codes at my middle school are unfair and they target girls. Some of my friends have been dress coded for wearing shorts that are “too short” or crop tops that are “too showing.” These dress codes imply that if a girl is wearing something “school appropriate” that it is ok for boys to act inappropriately. These codes justify the bad behavior of people at our school and they put the blame for sexual harassment on the clothes that the girls are wearing. One of the school’s reasons for these dress codes is that the clothes students are wearing can be distracting towards teachers or students.  I think that if teachers get distracted by clothing that young girls are wearing then they shouldn’t be teachers. This reason also implies that boys cannot control themselves around women that have showing clothing. The girls in our middle school range from ages 11-14. We should not have to be worried about being sexually harassed for something we are wearing. These dress codes also target POC. Banning things like "sagging pants" or "hanging chains" are targeting black male students Please sign and share this petition on your social media platforms to help spread awareness and get the superintendent and school committee's attention. If you want to learn more on what specific changes I want to make you can see the following slideshow.
https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1cyksadxbibXHkzxihLCIc9Y-RFMMaKcZScC9Yi-sDrs/edit#slide=id.gd4b171bcc6_0_0

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