When asked about what has changed for East Hamilton students’ dress code in the
turnover of the past school year, very few can say that anything new has actually been written into our student handbook. Yet while roaming through the crowded, deafening hallways of our school, a new atmosphere has arisen. So what has caused this feeling of constrained expression among our fellow students?
Previous year’s dress code was more relaxed than ever in the history of East Ham’s
existence, so why are students being thrusted backwards in terms of how much freedom has been given to dress themselves? While casually talking to a staff member of East Hamilton, the topic of dress code was brought up. She described an encounter where a student was walking around school with a shirt exposing her stomach and is quoted saying, “I probably wanted to see her belly about as much as
she wanted to see mine.” She further described how the sight offended her and that an enforced dress code was necessary for the reputation of the school. Perhaps the opinions of our staff influenced Principal Chuy’s decision to stress the submittance of students to dressing what she sees as appropriate attire.
However, on the opposite end of the spectrum, another anonymous teacher says that she is not very opinionated on the subject because she feels that students should come to school using common sense on what they feel is appropriate to them. Does our student body contain the common sense that is mentioned here? If so, the heightened enforcement of the dress code would not be needed, would it? Whether you believe bare bellies, shoulders, and kneecaps should be allowed or not, the
2017-2018 school year is one of strict apparel, one that we, as students, must respect if we want to move forward into a relaxed dress code once more.
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