The First Amendment allows people in the United States, including students, the right to have the freedom of speech. If we have the freedom of speech, we should have the freedom of what we can wear. Over the years, students have been told that their clothing violates the dress code, and they have been told to change their clothes, even when they believe what they were wearing was not a problem.
The Rock Creek student handbook says that students should not wear pajamas, cut-off shorts, short shorts, mesh shirts without appropriate underclothing, low-cut tops, tube tops, spaghetti straps and any clothing that exposes undergarments. It also states that accessories, such as hats, bandanas, and sunglasses, are not allowed in the school building. If a person is caught wearing these items, he or she will be asked to remove or cover up the inappropriate items.
“I was dress-coded for wearing a tank top, even though it was three fingers sleeves length,” sophomore Hailey Davis said.
What you wear defines who you are. It shows your attitude, interests and personality. Some students are really into bands; therefore, they wear band T-shirts to show they are interested. Other students wear hats to show their country side, or they wear beanies to show that they are usually shy or independent.
“I was dress-coded for wearing a beanie,” junior Bridget Brodersen said.
Tank tops, hats and beanies should not be a violation in dress code unless they are improper, as in showing too much skin or having inappropriate words. Cut-offs, on the other hand, are improper and should be unacceptable.
“I have never been dress-coded, although I have wore cut-offs to school,” senior Ethan Sylvester said.
I am not for the dress code because I do not believe that the rules are fair. Many students do not follow the dress code rules and do not get told to change. Others might break the dress code once or a few times and get told to change. If you are not going to enforce the dress code on everyone, then it should not be used.
“What is difficult about dress code is that it is difficult to enforce on students,” science teacher Kellie Milner said.
Article and photo by Amber Rayo, newspaper photo/video editor