AHS Dress Code

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Ayona Tunstill Mr. Meredith P.5 September 11, 2014

Avon High School has implemented a new dress code for the 2014-2015 school year. Students who have attended AHS find this dress code as bit of a shock, this dress code is too serious and some could even argue it is sexist and oppressive.

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This dress code is mostly aimed at female students, based upon the Avon High School Students/ Parents hand book it directs most of what they consider unacceptable attire at female driven clothing and how female students wear it. Items such as tank tops, spaghetti-stepped shirts, short shorts and shirts are forbidden from the halls of Avon High School. These sudden changes in dress code raise eyebrows and leave one question left unanswered. Why was the change in dress code needed? I took the liberty of asking a teacher at AHS and her response to me was “It needed so that females students would not attract the wrong kind of attention from students of the opposite sex.” Indicating that girls should have to dress more modest to not attract attention from boys is not the message that should be being sent to teenage high school student girls who already have so much to live up to in our society.
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Not only is this dress code ridiculous it is next to impossible to meet in some aspects. Clothing today is not made like it was back in the day, things are made shorter and easy to remove and also made to give you the feeling that you are not wearing anything at all. Girls today want to look like girls in magazines or Tumblr famous girls not like old maids. In addition to those things girls also want to be comfortable, high school is hard work and that’s before the after school activities and school clubs. Leggings, sports bras, sweat shirts, and track shorts become a very big part of girl’s wardrobes during the normal school week and it isn’t fair that girls can’t come to school and be comfortable because they are violating a dress code that should have never been changed in the first place.

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Being an Avon Oriel for over four year I know that Avon Community School Corporation teaches their students to be individuals and to love who they are at all times. However this dress code is compromising students individuality, studies show that the way people dress is a reflection of who they are. As young adults we should know what is acceptable and what is not acceptable to wear to school. Students haven’t had a chance to prove themselves, they’ve always been told what to do and never had a chance to make the right or wrong choice. Dress code should not be something put in place unless used for consequential purposes only.
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The major voice of opinion is coming from the senior class of students. Being a senior is every high school students dream, and we waited patiently to be on top and have a say so in what goes on our school. However this dress code had become one of the many changes that the seniors do not appreciate, the past three years of high school a dress code was almost nonexistent and now the starting of our senior year we have so many changes that we are not have to get used to. It seems as if we are being punished for the past seniors mistakes.
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This dress code could cause more problems between the staff and students, staff and student coexistence is key in any school and one of the main thing at jeopardy here. Students will feel that they are being picked on and start to reply in an aggressive and negative way.
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School should not be so focused on what students wear it should be focused on the uplifting of students and how they act and the educational aspect of school. Students already have a hard time being on top of their grades and by making them feel judged for the things they wear it is not helping any. Teachers and other students judging one another for what they wear is unacceptable and even more spirit breaking than being judged by your peers. Adults hold all of the authority and it is scary to students that they have to watch what they wear in order to not be embarrassed in from of others by being pulled to the side, made to change, and even in some cases called out in front of other students. I do not think that dress code should even be allowed in schools for this exact reason.
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I don’t believe that students should have a dress code that restricts them from wearing specific attire. There are some staff member that get carried away with their power and abuse it and also and take advantage of students.
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If the dress code is kept them I think that their need to be some adjustments for the male students. It is unfair that female students are targeted by this dress code because of their bodies and height, there are some male students who show more skin than females ever would and they are not bothered or borderline harassed by staff because of what they are wearing. I think male students shouldn't be able to wear things that show too much arm or legs just as well as females.
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In conclusion to the dress code situation, I think that allowing students to decide as a whole whether they should have a dress code or not would be the best thing to help with the situation at hand. A vote should be held by the staff members to see exactly what the students would want. Students don’t want to be told that they will be independent and to act like adults but still be treated like children. It's unfair and it also gives them no voice, if you teach students that they have no voice throughout their school career then they will grow up and have no voice in life. The world is not full of people barking orders and making you do things you're not even sure you want to do, that's high school and we need to be in preparation for the real world. The route we are going we will be high school students in the mind forever.