Change the dress code for Seattle Public Schools
Dress codes are teaching students that they should be ashamed of their
bodies because if they have to much skin showing it's "distracting to the
learning environment." We do not think that our shoulders, bra strap,
midriff, or legs are distracting anyone at school. It's humiliating when a
student is pulled over to the side of the hallway and forced to bend over,
put our arms above our head, or any of the other ridiculous things that
administration make students do to see if their clothes are "appropriate."
The real distraction is when students are too hot in class because they're
not allowed to wear shorts or tank tops. People try to make dress codes
gender neutral, but most of the people we see sent home or pulled over in
the halls are girls. If other students or teachers have a problem with
seeing our skin, then they should change their attitude, and we should not
have to change our clothes. Students should be allowed to wear clothes that
they feel comfortable in (within reason), and this includes being able to
express themselves. The clothes that students want to wear are not
promoting violence or other messages that harm students. Therefore, if
students are granted freedom in what they can wear, it will be beneficial.
By law, all American citizens have the right to freedom of expression, and
our dress code is taking away from that.