Dress Codes at Schools

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Petition to Desoto County

Update the Horn Lake High School dress code!

Hello! Recently, my friend got dress coded for what was said to be too short of a skirt. It went way past her fingertips - almost to her knees. It even states in the dress code that near knee-length skirts are allowed, but she still was forced to change into different clothes. And the next day, the same administrator wore something shorter than the girl did.  This isn’t the first case in Horn Lake High School of being dress coded unfairly, and the dress code is clearly outdated anyway. The best solution is to update the dress code altogether. The dress code is also very targeted to feminine clothing, obviously mainly worn by girls. Young women are already targeted enough by predators. It’s not fair to on top of that, over-sexualize them, instead of letting them express themselves how they want. They are more lenient on the males, for example allowing their pants to sag so much you can literally see all of their underwear. It also implies that the males at the school have no self control.  In conclusion, the dress code is not fair to anybody. Although it mainly targets the female students, it still does harm the male students as well. It’s simply absurd how they treat the girls at our school like their skin is something to be concealed, instead of to be proud of. Young women have every right to be proud of themselves and to pride how they look.  Thank you for reading!

tate alcantar
143 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Dr. George Parker III, Douglas C. Brown, Lisa R. Surles-Law, Rebecca S. Aman, Dr. Terri L. Best, John R. Eley III, Marvin L. Harris, Gary B. Hunter, Courtney Mompoint, Michelle Huffstetler, Dr. Earling Hunter, Robert Surry, Dr. Kellie Mason, Dr. Windy Nichols

Fight To Change NNPS Student Dress Code!

Let’s face the truth, the Dress Code is unequal. Everyone who is reading this knows it. The Dress Code is unequal in a plethora of aspects, but the most prominent is sexism. Girls are dress-coded far more than boys. Most of the time, girls are dress coded for “showing too much skin,” or having their clothes be “too tight.” However, boys can show their shoulders and their stomachs as well as wear tight shirts, and are they far less likely to be dress coded. The Dress Code strictly prohibits (“sagging”) (source: NNPS Rights and Responsibilities Handbook, 2021-2022, Page 6) however, you can look around and see many boys who are “sagging”. But If you were to see a girl’s underwear that girl would be dress-coded in an instant. This then foreshadows the issue that you have with that many students who would be placed in ISS (In-School Suspension) and out of their in-class learning due to being dress coded.  We collected opinions from fellow students, and the main issues are: The dress code (or those who enforce it) favors boys and dress code girls more; The dress code (or those who enforce it) are biased towards students who have more mainstream “beauty” body types. Such as girls who may be “skinnier” or others who may be more “curvy”.  The results we collected are what we expected. Students alike recognize the issues with the dress code almost unanimously. This isn’t new. Issues with the dress code have been presented to school administration and/or the school board, yet no solution has been proposed or acted upon.  The issues listed in this essay are nowhere close to the plethora of issues other students are concerned with. We can make a change in our school, but we must have the drive and the power to do so.      This petition is managed by Students For Change

Students For Change
116 supporters
Started 1 week ago

Petition to Principal of Luna middle school

Luna’s Discriminatory Dress Code

Our school has had a dress code that targets and shames the female form for too long. We demand that our principal make changes to the dress code so that there is more equity in our community. Female students have experienced issue after issue due to the dress code. We have missed out on education because their shoulders were showing. Tall and curvy girls are targeted even more, as the dress code aims to hide legs and figures. Additionally, it is rare that male students are stopped or sent home for how they dress, and the dress code is seemingly designed to accommodate their lack of self control around women. This has affected our lives by making us feel ashamed of their bodies, increasing insecurities, and ultimately hindering young womens’ ability to learn.  I have seen many people affected by this issue because young men are aloud to wear shorts  more that 4 inches above their knees but if women did that they would get dress coded in a heartbeat, men can wear ripped jeans without any thing under there pants but, if young women wear ripped jeans without leggings under their jeans they would have to find something to put under the hole’s like paper, masks, safety pins, and some times even duck tape. With the experiences of others in our school, it is clear that the need for change has arrived.  We, the undersigned, demand that Principal Lisa Richard initiates dress code changes so that gender discrimination no longer harms our community by targeting and shaming our bodies Make our dress code fair, inclusive, and equal!

Reagan Sloan
112 supporters