In response to a petition by a fellow Loganville High School student on the school’s dress code, Theodora Sandulescu offered her thoughts on the subject.
The Loganville High School dress code teaches students that over sexualized bodies lead to a decrease in education. Like other schools, students have to read and sign the code of conduct, which has a section listing what is deemed appropriate by administration regarding clothing worn to school.
The code states that, “students are to dress in a manner that is reasonable and not distracting to other students and teachers. Any dress of an extreme nature will not be tolerated. ” Following this, there is a list of approximately 10 detailed descriptions of what is expected of students to wear and not to wear during school hours and functions. I believe that by strongly enforcing this “dress code” in high school, it leads to a higher chance of misconstruing the idealization of human bodies in general. As the handbook states, sleeveless shirts, cleavage, leggings and shorts(higher than 5′ above the knee) are a complete distraction to other students’ education and that it leads to an unsuccessful learning environment for students. I’ll tell you what, it’s true. When looking at the scheme of things it’s quite ironic, because from the very start, the dress code itself teaches students that a body part as harmless as a shoulder is inappropriate. Therefore if by any chance a student is wearing a (GASP) sleeveless tank top, someone will surely point it out joking that it’s “against dress code.” Students worry more about if they’re going to get ISS for a 3inch hole on their thigh rather than use that time to better their learning experience.
As the petition states, the schools in Gwinnett county have a far more relaxed and reasonable dress code. As stated in their handbook, Mill Creek High School allows students to wear shorts, skirts, and dresses no shorter than 8 inches above the knee. While Loganville requires skirts and dresses no shorter than 3 inches above the knee and shorts 5 inches above. To get an idea of how difficult it is to even find shorts to wear in that restriction, my thigh is approximately 14 inches long- meaning if I wanted to comfortably wear shorts in the (HOT) summer months in Georgia, I would have to find some with a length of 9 inches from my hip bone. In perspective, the longest of regular priced Nike shorts go down to about 7 inches on the thigh. I made sure to be extremely exact, because in a place where inches can lead to being sent home from school or even assigned out of school suspension, I wanted to be thorough.
Personally I have written a letter to the principal concerning this issue; his response was that the dress code is strictly determined by the county board and that the school is comfortable with the guidelines they’ve set. While I could go on and on about my ideas for making the dress code more reasonable, and ways to enforce it, as well as why I believe it affects one gender more than the other, my rambling opinion isn’t going to change anyone’s decision (shocker).
Just one last thought, don’t you think it’s funny how in college students can wear basically anything and still manage to learn and succeed, but at Loganville High, those very same students are expected to be distracted and offended by others’ “exposed” thighs?
Theordora Sandulescu is a senior at Loganville High School and a member of Your Local New’s Teen Talk Team.