By Chloe Baker
It’s the big things about Wiggins that we love, but it’s the small things that are wrong with the school that we will someday forget. My small issue is the dress code.
Sometimes when I wear a V-neck shirt, my sports bra or bra strap pops out, and it’s not like it’s my fault, but I will get dress-coded. I have foot problems, and sometimes I just want to wear slippers, but I can’t do that because of the dress code. If I want to wear my slippers to school, I should have the right to do that.
It’s against dress code to wear a shirt that hangs past your fingertips when your arms are fully extended. That’s not right. What if I spent $60 on that T-shirt? I obviously like it if I am going to spend my money on it. I’m not going to not wear it. It’s covering up my body. I’m not showing anybody anything they shouldn’t see, so what’s wrong with it?
Not being able to wear hats to school bothers me. As long as I take my hat off for the Pledge of Allegiance, I should be okay, right? Some days I have bad hair days, and I want to be able to wear a hat if I don’t feel comfortable about the way my hair looks. Athletic headbands that are too big are also against the dress code. I don’t even know what to say. I could say, “Oh my goodness, wow, that’s a dumb rule,” but I don’t feel like it would resolve my problem.
Attire that disrupts the teaching-learning process is also not allowed. This upsets me. How is what I wear to school the teachers’ business? It’s my body. They’re my clothes. I think I have the ability to decide what I should and should not wear to school.
Some members of the Wiggins student body feel like they are being targeted when it comes to the dress code. I have felt this way. A staff member dress-coded me in August. I didn’t throw too big of a fit, but I know there were people who wore similar-sized shorts. The staff wasn’t dress-coding them.
I’ve talked with other girls, and they feel like some of the more athletically built girls can’t wear what some of the bonier girls wear. I have bought shorts a size bigger just so they were baggier and better to wear to school. That didn’t work out too well, because I still managed to get dress-coded. If you guys didn’t know, I am kind of built, and I have overly large thighs. I can’t help feeling like one of the reasons I got dressed-coded that day was because of my thighs. No one should feel this way. No one should feel like just because they are built differently they can’t wear certain types of clothes. School is the place where you’re supposed to find yourself as a person, not be alienated for expressing yourself.
The Wiggins dress code is a little too much, and I think a lot of the students would agree with me. The dress code should be rewritten with equality in mind.