Dressed Like a Dog's Dinner: US Students Suspended Over Dress Code Violation

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The first school dress code law in public schools was established in 1969 by the U.S. Supreme Court when it was decided that schools may enforce students dress codes if there is a legitimate concern that such expression will be disruptive to the learning environment or violate the rights of others. And it all started due to those students who wore black bracelets as a sign of protection against the Vietnam War.

Why dress codes are still important in school? Nowadays, most states have laws that allow school boards to make dress code policy for students within their district to encourage uniformity of student dress code. As a result, more and more high school students have been in the news for fighting their school's dress codes policy. This also concerns 10 DIY Prom Dresses That Will Make Heads Turn Your Way in 2018 and Fashion Choices: 5 CRAZIEST Prom Dresses That Went Viral on Social Media in 2018.

Principal G. A. Buie from Eudora High School in Eudora, Kansas, says: "I can't tell you how many times I have called a parent and said, 'Hey, I just want to let you know that I've talked to your son or daughter today and their clothing is inappropriate'.

The Typical Student team has put together a list of instances when students in US have been suspended due to violating dress code rules. See how students fight for their right to look the way they want!

1. No Shaved Heads



A third-grader from Colorado was suspended after shaving her head to show support for a friend battling cancer. She violated the dress code policy set buy her school.

Her parents were aware of the violation, however, they expected the school to make an exception for such a brave display of sympathy.

2. Politics is Not Allowed


18-year-old Addison Barnes likes his president and supports Trump’s ideas concerning his country. So he put on a T-shirt with Trump’s quote: “The wall just got 10 feet taller” to his People and Politics class at Liberty High School in Hillsboro.

But it appeared to be against the Public school clothing rules. School officials sent him back home and treated his absence as a suspension.

3. “Dangerous” Wristbands


Be careful wearing a wristband. In Easton, Pennsylvania, two middle school students were suspended for wearing wristbands reading: "I heart boobies” as a way to raise breast cancer awareness.

But the public school said it was a violation of the dress code as they could be interpreted as lewd.

4. Stripping As a Sign Of Protest



There is always a school dress code debate about what women and girls are expected to wear. But now something similar happened at the Cornell University.

A professor considered Letitia Chai’s shorts to be “too short” and they would draw “men’s attention” from her words during the thesis presentation. Chai then stripped down to her bra and underwear, went back into the room, and gave her presentation. 

5. Losing My Religion


Dress codes policies in public schools do not want to hear about religion. Sixth-grader Elizabeth Carey from Fremont, Nebraska, was not allowed to wear her rosary to school, because it violated the school's dress code.

She said it was an expression of her faith and she wouldn't stop wearing the cross in necklaces or on her clothes. Her parents said they were floored. While the school representative claims that the goal of the school is to create a safe environment for their students.


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