Why this petition matters
The dress code has been around since 1969 when several students in Des Moines Independent School District wore black armbands to protest against the Vietnam war This started the Tinker Vs. Des Moines Independent School District case and the court ruled to allow the school board to limit student expression-or in other words-enforce a dress code policy.
But that was 1969, we're in 2022 now. What war is happening? Are they really trying to stifle our protests? We're still children, trying to find who we are, and expressing it when we find it shouldn't be restricted. I'm not trying to change the law that gives the school board the power to have a dress code policy. I feel like that is too far-fetched for a 12-year-old boy that measures 4'9, but turns out, to lift the dress code, we don't have to change any laws. You see, in 1969 the court ruled to allow schools to have a dress code, but the law isn't enforcing dress code themselves, meaning schools have the power to enforce dress code, but they don't have to, therefore, with strength and determination, we could change expectations for the students of tomorrow.