Are Shoulders the Real Problem?

Nathan White, Editor

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Ah dress codes. The “main” distraction with high school classrooms, or so people think.

How often have you been in class and you just can’t focus because an inch of a girl’s shoulder is showing?  Probably not too many, unless you are kinda creepy.

How many times have you been in class and you just can’t focus because a young rowdy boy is having fun throwing things with his friends? Probably more than you can count on your hands, unless you have a high patience tolerance.

However, it’s often in the announcements or heard in a classroom that a girl was dress coded for her shoulders or her shorts. Nine times out of ten, I would not have even known that the girl was wearing anything like that, and I think others would agree. Sure maybe sometimes shorts ARE too short, but why are shoulders a problem?

Personally, I think the time has come that we finally start treating everyone equally around here. If a girl is dress coded, she is told to not wear that clothing to school again, and she doesn’t. If a boy throws something across a classroom or shouts to his friends across the room he gets told to stop, but continues to do it every day after.

Maybe there should be zero-tolerance for disruption of the classroom instead of zero-tolerance for an item of clothing.