It used to be commonplace that schools required uniform, or at least some sort of style that all of the students needed to follow. It also used to be common for schools to enforce these codes pretty seriously, but recently that hasn’t been the case. It’s 2016, and people are getting more and more expressive all the time. Thousands of schools have relaxed their dress codes from what they used to be in the sixties, and students have been able to tap into their fashion sense more than ever.
Some schools, however, are going back on their lax codes, and tightening up (likely due to complaints of older and more conservative community members). One such school is Edmonson High School, in Kentucky. After a teacher’s meeting on January 13th, the school decided that it wanted to enforce a more strict dress code. Two days later, forty girls were sent home or forced to change their clothes, being told that what they wore was violating the new code.
One such girl, Amanda Durbin, is upset, as is her mother. She went to school that day in a red dress and black leggings, something that her mother, Alexandria Durbin says she’d even wear to church. Alexandria is also quoted as asking, “If it’s appropriate for you to go to church in, why isn’t it appropriate for you to go to school in?”
Principal Hodges of the school responded to her question by saying “We’re not a church, we’re not a business, we’re a school,” he went on to say that “it’s where kids are learning and we’re trying to educate them everyday. Whether the dress code is a little more strict or a little more relaxed, we’re a different entity.”
Regardless of what he’s saying, it seems pretty businesslike for a school to be sending students home for such arbitrary rules, such as “no dresses that are more than six feet off the floor when students are kneeling”. The idea of every student being forced to kneel and actually be measured, like Amanda was, is ridiculous, and even the school has admitted it was willing to consider alterations to the code.