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Opinion: Dress code is unnecessary

JagWire reporter Maddie Mulryan shares her opinion on the new dress code regulations
By Olivia Peters

With the new dress code rules, only administration can tell someone that they need to cover up. Dress code has been up for debate for a long time, but I feel as though one isn’t needed.

Almost half of the students at our school feel that it appears the dress code is enforced, even though most students are able to show their midriff or wear short-shorts, according to a JagWire survey of 169 students. However, the new guidelines will only cause the dress code to be enforced less.

On top of that, when someone does get “dress coded,” students often just point fingers at teachers trying to figure out who reported them. This only causes more harm than good.

Furthermore, if the dress code is only being enforced less and less, there’s no point in our school even having one. Every student can dress themselves, and not having a dress code won’t cause students to show up in underwear, our student body has common sense.

Keeping a dress code at our school will only divide students, especially girls, from the rest of the school. If we’re being honest, the dress code is made to tell girls to cover up, not boys. According to the same JagWire survey, almost 90% of our school backs up that opinion.

Girls who are dress coded are constantly being told it’s because their shirt is too low, or they show too much of their legs or stomach. It gets passed off as being because our teachers want us to dress professionally, but nobody comes to school with professional attire. If we all did, then our school might as well just have a uniform, then nobody would be able to show their personality which would only cause students to rebel more.

Being able to dress how we want not only allows us to express ourselves, but it also provides a way to be teenagers before we actually do have to wear business clothing everyday

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Olivia Peters, JagWire reporter/photographer
This is senior Olivia Peters’ first year on the JagWire staff. She is exploring all roles this year: writing, designing and taking photos. Outside of journalism, she is president of Mill Valley’s SNHS, captain of the Color Guard, vice-president of Youth for Refugees and secretary of the Women’s Empowerment Club. She is also involved in NEHS, Model UN and Scholar’s Bowl. Outside of school, Olivia enjoys reading, working as a gymnastics coach, and playing dungeons and dragons.

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