Thirty high school students in Oklahoma have been suspended after protesting against “sexist” dress codes that forced them to cover their chest and shoulders.
Students at Mustang High School were protesting carrying signs with messages saying, “dress codes are sexist”, “My body is not a distraction”, “Stop sexualising our bodies” and “I go to a school where the length of my shirt and shorts is more important than my education”.
As well as banning flashy jewelry, “gang dress” or visible underwear, the code forbids “cleavage”, bare midriffs, tube tops, spaghetti straps, “biker or spandex shorts”, leggings that are not covered by another garment, and makeup that “disrupts the learning environment”
It adds: “Interpretation of questionable attire will be at the principal’s discretion. Violations may result in disciplinary action.”
Kirk Wilson, communication manager for Mustang public school said, “there was a small protest before school at Mustang High School on Friday, September 10, 2021. When class began, the protest ended and most of the students attended class as normal.
“There were a handful of students who violated the student code of conduct after class began and those situations were addressed … we remain committed to supporting our students and providing a safe and nurturing learning environment.”
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