It maybe be chilly outside now, but before you know it, summer time will be here again. And you know what that means! Time for principals to start sending female students home for various dress code violations that allow other people to see that they have body parts like arms, collarbones, and thighs. Apparently students being female is a bit of a problem in some schools, so girls are encouraged to dress modestly. A Snuggie topped with a trench coat ought to do the trick.
Here are some young women who thought it would be okay for them to have natural human bodies for the day. Lol, how wrong they were!
Sophia Abuabara, who attends Tom C. Clark High School in San Antonio, TX, was told to change her clothes because the dress that she was wearing was "too short." According to the dress code, the hemline of skirts and dresses had to be no more than four inches above the top of the kneecap. Sophia's mother, Rosey Abuabara, claims that the dress was within the limits, but the principal disagreed.
Rosey Abuabara told People that the principal "was pretty graphic in saying that boys could be taking pictures of her as she’s climbing up the stairs, or making lewd comments." She continued, "It was all very sexual in nature. Like, ‘I’m helping you by protecting her from these sexually driven boys,’ to which I’m like, ‘Why don’t you teach the boys not to be like that? Why is it the girls who have to comply but the boys are okay?’ But he just dismissed that.”
Thirteen-year-old Kansas student Grace Rossellini wasn't formally "dress-coded" for her off-the-shoulder blouse, but she was told that her shirt "reveal[ed] too much chest and shoulder." Ladies, if you insist on having shoulders, under no circumstances should you let anyone know that you have them.
To remedy the problem, Grace's sister Isabella made her a different shirt, one that covered her chest and shoulders quite adequately.
The new shirt read,
- promotes the objectification and sexualization of young bodies
- blames the wearer for the onlooker's perceptions/actions
- perpetuates rape culture
- is BS
Summer attends Hickory Ridge High School in in Charlotte, NC, where she's a senior on the honor roll with a 4.4 GPA, a full ride to college, and a pair of shoulders. One day she wore an off-the-shoulder shirt to school, unfortunately putting the fact that her human body contains bones on full display.
Despite the fact that she put on a jacket and zipped it up after being told to cover up by her principal, she was still suspended and told that she couldn't walk in her school's graduation ceremony.
Jordan Rogers, a 5th grader from Riverview Elementary School in Fort Mill, SC, also suffers from shoulders. Jordan was made to wear a jacket during recess (despite the hot September weather) to cover her affliction.
The school's dress code reportedly restricts "tank tops, tops with spaghetti string straps over the shoulders, and other tops that expose a student's stomach or midriff." However, Jordan's mother, Alicia Rogers, claims that her daughter had worn a similar shirt earlier in the year, without any problems.
In 2015, Cameron Boland, a junior at Fort Myers High School in Florida, became a member of the National Honor Society. Well, not just a member—she was elected as the group's historian, which involved going to a different high school near by (Ida Baker High School) to give a speech.
But because she wore a dress with spaghetti straps to give the speech, she lost the position. Spaghetti straps were not permitted by the dress code. To be clear, I'm referring to the dress code of Ida Baker High School, a school that Boland did not even attend.
Stacie Dunn was called into Woodford County High School in Kentucky to pick up her daughter Stephanie Hughes, over a dress code violation—her shirt allowed everyone a clear view of her clavicle.
Dunn posted a picture of her daughter's outfit on Facebook, along with the caption,
So this is my daughter at school today. I had to come to the school because according to her school principal what she is wearing is out of dress code and inappropriate for school. When I got there I found a group of female students standing in the office due to being out of dress code also. This is ridiculous! WOODFORD County High School and the principle have been enforcing a dress code where as girls can not show even there collar bones because it may distract their male class mates. This is ridiculous! Parents are being called away from their important jobs and students are missing important class time because they are showing their collarbones! Something needs to change! PLEASE SHARE MY POST! Something needs to change!
To be totally clear: she was wearing both shirts at the time she got in trouble. Two shirts are apparently not enough to keep her from being a distraction to boys.
In 2014, Miranda Larkin, a sophomore at Oakleaf High School in Orange Park, Florida, was told by a teacher that her skirt was too short. It was Miranda's third day at the school and she wasn't aware of the rule. According to ABC News, Miranda was sent to the nurse's office and made to change into the dress-code-violation outfit (even the sound of that is scary).
The punishment suit (or what Miranda's mother, Dianna Larkin, called the "shame suit") was an oversized neon yellow T-shirt with the words "“DRESS CODE VIOLATION" written across the front, paired with red sweatpants bearing the same words (I guess just in case someone somehow missed the message on the shirt).
She claims the shame suit stressed her out so much she broke into hives. Miranda told ABC News, “The school has said this is to embarrass you. It’s supposed to embarrass you so you don’t do it again.”
On a day in June, the temperature at Vista Murrieta High School in California reached 88 degrees. Yahoo News reports that with only two days left until graduation, 25-60 students (all girls, surprise!) were pulled from exams for dress code violations.
Karen Parris, a spokesperson for Murrieta Valley Unified School District, told Yahoo, "It was the last week of school. The temperatures down here in Murrieta were up into the 90s (Fahrenheit). When that happens girls tend to start pulling out their summer clothes. it’s not unusual for students in the last week of school to try to test the limits a little bit."
Well, thank god they didn't get away with it.
Veronica Ferry was 16 in 2015, and a student at Clayton High School in Clayton, North Carolina. One day in May, as she was bringing a doctor's note into the absence office for being out sick the week before, she got in trouble for her outfit. She was wearing a floral sundress with a denim jacket. She even had a pair of denim shorts on underneath. Speaking to ABC 11, Veronica mentioned that she had worn this very dress to church before.
Veronica told ABC 11 that an administrator in the office "gave [her] mean looks and [and said] you shouldn't wear inappropriate clothes to school. A little later, Veronica was informed by another administrator that she'd have to call her mother to bring her some clothing that was more "appropriate," at which point Veronica burst into tears.
She explained, "I just felt like the teachers were disappointed and that I didn't have any self respect, and they just talked to me in a mean and degrading way. They just made me feel really bad."
Catherine Pearlman's middle school-aged daughter got dress-coded two days in a row for wearing shorts that her school deemed too short. In response, Pearlman sent the school's principal an invitation to take her 5' 7" daughter shopping.
The letter read in part,
Here are the specifications you have to work with. I wish you loads of luck.
She is 5’7” and 13 years old. Built more like her father, she has exceptionally long legs and arms.
She doesn’t like anything pink or purple or frilly.
She won’t wear pants because she gets overheated easily. Trust me I’ve seen this. It will cause a scene in the school yard.
She absolutely will not wear a dress either.
She continued, writing that her daughter also hates anything with logos, and good luck trying to find shorts that pass the school's "fingertip test" (meaning shorts must be long enough to touch a girl's fingertips with her hands by her sides). Apparently her daughter has really long fingers, great for playing piano, not so good for meeting the dress code.