Students still breaking dress code

Camry Thomas
Staff Writer

Adults tell students dress code is for the future. “Preparing for the future” are usually the words adults use. Does it really prepare us for the future?  

The Northrop High School Official dress code, which can be found in the student planner, states that “Any attire deemed a distraction to the educational process will be considered a violation.”

According to Principal Kevin Simmons, the administration deals with six to eight violations daily. This dropped to one or two after the class meetings back in August.  

“I grew up in Mississippi. It was hot and humid a lot. My mom and dad were conservative about how their children dressed. Muscle shirts weren’t allowed”, Simmons said.  

Principal Simmons attributes the amount of violations to a society that is more accepting of more skin and the summer weather.

“There are some rooms on the sides of the school that don’t have air conditioning. We aren’t changing the rules just for those rooms, but we are more lenient with straps and shirts during the hotter season”, he said.

Mr. Simmons said the administration focuses on boys whose pants are sagging, and girls who are revealing too much cleavage or skin.

“There’s a lot more emphasis on dress code now, than there was in previous years,” he said. “The fashion has changed from boys wearing pants at the waist, to sagging. The girls went from covering up, to showing more skin.”

Many students rebel against the dress code by wearing shorts that are too short or tops that reveal midriff.

“Everyone has the right to be their own person, but we are preparing kids for the future,” said Guidance Department Coordinator Cleve Million.

Million said he usually says something to a student who breaks the dress code, but he cannot catch everything before lunch when there is a violation.

“It becomes harder to address after they’ve gone through so many periods without being spoken to,” he said.

Assistant Principal Connie Gonzalez agrees with the Northrop Dress Code policy and enforces it on a regular basis.

“I’ve seen improvements in the last year, but sagging was our biggest thing,” Gonzalez said.

She said the administration has consistently dealt with around 10 to 15 dress code violations per day. She noted that out of 2,200 students, that number is reasonably small.

Although the amount of violations that are dealt with are reasonably small, many students state that they break dress code on a regular basis.  

Junior Gabe Robertson, has admitted to breaking the dress code from time to time. He believes that some of the rules should be taken into consideration, such as the sleeve rule.

“I would change the sleeve rule, because why should it matter how much shoulder  I  should show?”, Robertson said.  

Robertson claims that most of the people he knows do not follow the dress code.

Junior Evelyn Slabach also admits to breaking the dress code regularly, though she believes that there should be limits to what is revealed.  

“Some of it [dress code] is necessary,” she said.

Although there are differences in opinions on the dress code, both the students and administrators agree that rules should be set in place for the productivity of the school setting.

Dress code has evolved over time since the administrators were students. The administration has stated that they are more lenient with the dress code during the warmer months as opposed to the previous years.

Fashion is changing, as well as the response to it. Perhaps as fashion trends change, the administration will pick up on them too.

 

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