Jeans cause dress code blues for students

Hide the holes or head home

BIANCA GARCIA – Hoof Prints Staff

Seriously, is it really that hard to follow dress code?

Recently, Mr. Rose addressed us about the student handbook. Everyone seemed to be fine with the rules, until the information about dress code came about. The rules have changed some, but it’s nothing drastic. Students are making a big deal out of nothing. In my opinion the rules over dress code are fine and easy to follow.

One rule about dress code that’s causing a disruption is that no holes, rips or tears should be on jeans above the knee. Also, if there is a patch under the hole, it is still considered a rip.  If one should break this rule, he or she will be told to change. Now I’m a very observant person and when Mr. Rose read this rule a loud, at least half of the student body turned their heads and looked like they heard the most disturbing news. I heard one person say, “all they sell in stores now is distressed jeans.” All I could think was “really?” I go shopping a lot and yes distressed jeans are in style, but they are definitely not the only type of jeans sold. It’s not like you can’t buy distressed jeans either, just don’t wear them to school. How easy it that?

Another thing I heard was “what’s the big deal about wearing patches under the holes?” Well for one, I don’t think we as students give enough credit to teachers on how much they know about our schemes. For instance, boys, they know it’s your boxers, not a patch under the hole.  That is probably one of the reasons that rule came into play and also, it’s still considered a rip even with a patch. Also, the handbook says we need to look presentable, and having holey jeans is clearly not presentable.

The controversy over dress code mainly affects the girls. Some rules the girls have to follow are to wear appropriate lengths of dresses or skirts and be moderately covered. I don’t understand why this is such a problem. For example, if you know your dress is too short, why wear it to school? Nobody wants to see anything that peeps out. Also, the girls are not supposed to have bare shoulders. Even though Mr. Rose won’t point it out unless told so by a teacher, that doesn’t mean you can wear spaghetti straps to school.

We have been following rules since we were toddlers, so it shouldn’t be hard to follow the dress code. We should respect the rules and feel privileged that we get to wear regular clothes to school and not uniforms. Who knows? If we stop following dress code, uniforms may come into consideration.

Out with the new, in with the old

KAYLA STACY – Hoof Prints Staff

Bare back. Bare knees. Bare shoulders. Showing cleavage. Day after day, I see a large portion of the student body break the dress code. How many times do I see students being reprimanded for breaking dress code? Hardly ever.

Dress code has always been a big issue. Students have the state of mind that they should be able to wear what they want, where they want. Every year it never fails that a student will get in trouble for what they are wearing and within three weeks, they are wearing the same thing again.
One year the “big thing” was jeans made with patched holes. In previous years, the dress code stated that as long as skin was not visible it was acceptable to wear these. Now students can’t even have a tear above the knee even if it doesn’t show skin.
After wearing these jeans every day, it’s hard to just stop wearing them. Every morning, regardless of whom you are, students get up and unconsciously get dressed. In their eyes, their normal school attire would consist of their favorite shirt and those jeans with the patched holes.
Another “big thing” is the shirt that has the see through back. I see a lot of these being worn with tank tops underneath. Wouldn’t these shirts be out of dress code as well? It shows bare back just like shirts that are considered out of dress code, yet I don’t see students getting in trouble for wearing these.
Bare shoulders are becoming a problem too. The first few days of school, I saw a bunch of students with shirts that were most definitely out of dress code. The old dress code states that the straps of a shirt can’t be less than two inches. This was a lot better than our new dress code which pretty much allows girls to wear anything less than two inches.
Showing cleavage has always been a huge issue. It’s an issue that still stands today. It seems like every time I turn around there is a student that is showing cleavage. I’ve even been guilty a few times.
I would have to say this is the issue that needs to be focused on more instead of the patched hole jeans. Students are getting away with too much. Most of the time when a girl is showing cleavage their teacher will only tell them to pull their shirt up. The girl does what she is told. In dress code. One class later. Out of dress code.
I have noticed that students are getting by with way too much. Why should we have this new dress code when it’s not really being followed or enforced? We should just go back to our old dress code.