In Woodford County, Kentucky, students and parents are calling a school’s dress code too strict – if not totally ridiculous. The students and parents have united to campaign against a school district’s dress code that doesn’t allow a young lady’s collar bone to be seen. According to WGN News on Tuesday, a number of girls were sent home the first day of school for violating the school’s dress code. And the mother of the girl who brought the story to Facebook and beyond is calling for a change in the rules after she had to pick up her daughter because her collarbone was visible!
In the photograph the mother, Stacie Dunn, posted to her Facebook page, her attractive daughter appears quite well-groomed and well-dressed to persons looking at her daughter’s photo. However, what one says about a photo on Facebook is apparently not what school officials say. School officials at the Woodford County High School made Mrs. Dunn pick up her daughter, Stephanie due to a dress code violation – all centered around the visible collarbone.
Stacie Dunn insisted, “This isn’t indecent,” when referring to her daughter’s choice of clothing for her first day back to school. She said that her daughter was just one of a number of school girls waiting to be taken home to change clothes. She said that one of the girls was crying over the incident.
According to ABC News, the school’s collarbone-dress code is getting a lot of attention – and a great deal of it is negative for the school administrators who are enforcing the rule. In fact, the video about the incident has already gotten some 30,000 views and shared more than 42,000 times. Yet, Rob Akers – the school’s principal who inherited the 10-year-old dress code when he got hired at the school – rather confusingly insists that the dress code isn’t based on one’s opinion. He also admits that it is strict. He said:
For a male teacher to a female to say what you’re wearing is too revealing, it’s a judgment call, versus you’re shirt or your outfit is not within dress code. The dress code is so much more objective than putting people in a place of judging.
Students have made a documentary in which students explain why they want to wear different types of clothing, including different shirts and shorter shorts and skirts. And since the incident involving Stephanie and her exposed collarbone, the school board has been approached and asked that the dress code by changed. According to Today.com, the superintendent of the school district, Scott Hawkins, said:
Our school administration has been very open with students and parents alike, that if they feel like changes need to be made, they are open to suggestions. It just needs to be measurable so that it can be consistently enforced.
Many people are agreeing that if rules are made to be broken, this dress code regulation should be near the top of the list. In fact, it’s fair to say that most people would say that kicking a girl out of part of a school day to change clothes when she looks like Stephanie does in the Facebook picture is incredibly asinine. Others are asserting that schools that don’t have any real problems to deal with in their alleged-good community create problems of their own – like this.