Another day, another bullsh*t clothing infraction holding back a girl's education.
The offensive foot. (via Jezebel)
Less than an hour after publishing the definitive guide for young women trying to observe school dress codes, yet another example of the egregious double-standard women are held to in schools everywhere popped up. Over at Jezebel, they interviewed a girl identified only as 'Rachel' who is battling her school's administration over her diploma and transcript. Why? She owes detention time for a dress code infraction she incurred while walking down the aisle at graduation.
Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax, Virginia has some strict dress codes. In the past, Rachel admits she was given detention for things like wearing pink socks or a skirt her teachers considered too short. She had noticed boys in her class getting away with equivalent dress code infractions, such as wearing sneakers or forgetting to tuck in their shirts. When graduation time came around the students were informed of what they were expected to wear at the ceremony, including black footwear. Rachel says:
I'm a self-conscious person. We have our graduation at a college, it's a big stage. You walk in front of everyone. I can't walk in heels and all my flats are poor quality and I would get blisters. So I was like, why not wear something I feel comfortable in?
Her mother packed a pair of more traditional flats in her purse, just in case, but when students were lined up for inspection Rachel was waved on up to the stage. She shook hands with her principal, got the fake plastic diploma for the photo op, then headed backstage expecting to collect the real thing. PSYCH.
Assistant principal Eileen Hanley pulled her aside and said, “You're not getting your diploma. You know you shouldn't have worn those shoes.”
That's right. Rachel worked for four years, graduated with honors and is on her way to college. But she completely forfeited her right to the diploma signifying her accomplishment because she wore sneakers. Her sneakers were probably all anyone was looking at. She ruined the ceremony for everyone!!!!
Rachel's mother is protesting her daughter's punishment, saying she doesn't want her to serve an afternoon in summer school detention where teachers can bully and berate her. They're now threatening to hold back her transcript, which may make it difficult to register for her college courses. However this issue ends up being resolved, the administration will have still ruined what was supposed to be a day of achievement and pride for a young girl. Rachel says:
“I was looking forward to getting my diploma for years. But I was in the car bawling instead. They ruined that moment for me.”