Rethink Dress Code

Rethink Dress Code by Alex Farmer

One day, I came to school wearing one of my favorite shirts. It was a shirt depicting Albert Einstein, smoking a pipe that emitted rainbow-colored smoke. I strolled confidently into the cafeteria, only to have an administrator tell me that I had to change my shirt because it “sponsored tobacco.” Humiliated, I donned an oversized shirt that belonged to the school.

The dress code at this school is conservative and security-based. The code attempts to abolish any joke that may be even slightly offensive to any cultural or political group. It is impossible to make a joke that doesn’t offend anyone in 2016.

Our nationwide community is anti-tobacco and anti-drugs. With the research that has been done on the harmful effects of drugs and tobacco on the body, it makes sense that anything related to that would be restricted in a school setting. However, a shirt depicting Albert Einstein smoking a pipe that releases rainbow smoke is not a billboard for children to do drugs.

In a world where everything is over-sexualized and overly controversial, a dress code, at least to the school system, is a perfect solution to problems the system is worried about. While some of these rules make sense, like no sagging, other rules simply serve to over-sexualize as many body parts as possible. The school system assumes that all teenage males are “obsessed with the female body” and are in that “drive” for the entirety of their high school lifetime.

Students are exposed to controversial ways of life every single day outside of school. According to childtrends.org, one out of every four students has at least one parent who smokes. I myself have seen students on the sidewalk – barely out of school property – smoking cigarettes. Since we’re already being exposed to controversial lifestyles, what is the point of even trying to stop the controversy at school?

On the behalf of all of the students in FWCS, I urge the administrators to reconsider the dress code. I admire their attempts in trying to keep peace and innocence within the school system, but this is too much. Shoulders shouldn’t be sexualized. Pipes on t-shirts shouldn’t be considered as advertisement for tobacco. And the dress code must be revamped.

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