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Dress code shoud set lines, not cross them

The Thomson High School dress code for the year 2004-2005 has gone a little too far. Yes, we do agree that there are some things that need to be addressed, but there is a line that can be and has been crossed.

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"All shirts and blouses must have sleeves and be tucked in" is one example of crossing the line. There are students who can wear a sleeveless sweater in the fall and look decent and covered. It is understandable why spaghetti straps and halter-tops are not allowed, but sleeveless shirts?

"Flip-flops and athletic sandals are not allowed at school." Flip-flops are a key style to summer dress. "Belts must be worn if pants have pants loops." "No body piercing except in ears." If you don't flash your piercings then there should be no big deal.

"No sweat/wind pants or hooded sweatshirts allowed." What about those days that you are just tired and don't feel like getting fixed up, especially those exam days?

"All students must wear identification badges properly at all times." For the past few years, THS has given students an ID card that is to be used in the media center and for any other school purpose. Having this card teaches students responsibility. It is just like having your drivers license.

Some rules are understandable, but these are the few that cross the line. The excuse is used that skin is an aphrodisiac or so that is what we have been told when we the students ask why. Too much skin may be an aphrodisiac, but a foot or a shoulder that turns someone on is just ridiculous. Why not monitor and enforce the rules we have now instead of punishing those who do follow the rules.

The new dress code puts a strain on parents and students. It is costing more money to dress students the required way for school. The way we dress is an expression of our individuality.

Without being able to express ourselves through our dress, students will turn to other, possibly illegal ways to get their expressions out. The more the administration adds to the dress code the more students will rebel and the more discipline problems there will be.

What's going to be next, uniforms?

Web posted on Thursday, May 13, 2004

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