Dress Code Crackdown

Kristin Oakes

As we turn the corner into summer,
students’ closets are growing
steadily smaller. The sun’s return
from hibernation has high schoolers
packing away jackets, sweaters
and other winter gear and pulling
out more suitable garments like
shorts and tanks to brave the onslaught
of warmer weather.
But Hanover staff isn’t so quick
to make the transition – the more
risqué the outfit, the tighter the
iron fist. As the season of dress
code rebellion rolls around, teachers
are more pressured to regulate
their students.
“We’re an air conditioned facility.
Students are expected to dress
with a certain professionalism that
goes beyond the living room,”
school principal Dr. Gresham said.
Students are well acquainted
with dress code rule, but many believe
they should have the liberty
to wear a few shorts and tank tops.
“We’re not allowed to wear
shorts, but girls can wear bodycon
dresses that show every curve – it’s
ridiculous,” senior Morgan Bowen
said.
Despite complaints, however,
the dress code is no stricter than
that of other schools. “It’s not just
Hanover,” Gresham said. “Schools
across the country have the same
basic dress code structure and
we’re no different.”
But the dress code goes beyond
simple regulation; while everyone,
in theory, is affected by these
rules, girls feel that the crossfire
is disproportionately directed towards
them. Many females across
campus have displayed disdain for
the dress code, and the unspoken
connotations that go with it – some
believe that this bias shames girls
for their bodies, rather than simply
pertaining to a traditional rule.
As a result of these sentiments,
unauthorized signs were posted
on Hanover bathroom doors and
quickly removed. These signs presented
a controversy that lit up
across the building: should girls
have to strictly regulate what they
wear, or should boys learn to monitor
their own sensibilities?
Seay sums up the feelings of
many girls.
“No one wears shorts that sit
right above the knee anymore,”
Seay said. “Just because they’re
short doesn’t mean they’re inappropriate.”

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Author: The Hawk Eye

Hanover High School, Mechanicsville, Virginia The Hawk Eye Student Newspaper thehawkeye@hcps.us

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