Dress For Success?
Yesterday, hundreds of students at Colton High School walked out of classes to protest the school’s dress code policy. Evidently, the youngsters are very upset that school officials will not let boys wear “drooping pants”, and girls are forbidden to showcase their “bare midriffs”. In direct response to the walkout, Colton school officials promptly sent all 3,300 students home later in the morning when the original protesters failed to return to class.
This brings back fond memories for us here at LAist. Our own high school was exponentially more draconian than this: blackwatch plaid skirts for the girls, cut below the knee, and white shirts with blue slacks for the guys. No freelancing allowed. Did we hate our dress code? Unbdoubtedly. Did we complain about such outlandishly conservative limits? You better believe it. Did we walk out of school because of it? Not a chance in hell. Our teachers and parents would have kicked us into the middle of next week. Believe me, non-conformity has always been welcome in all our houses, but a knock-down, drag-out fight over a dress code was a battle that just didn’t seem worth fighting. LAist wonders exactly just what is going on at Colton High. We’re not exactly talking about the 1960’s era Haight here. It’s entirely possible that, as spokesman Michael Townsend keenly observed, “The vast majority walked out because it's a good excuse for them to get out of class. I think a lot of them followed their peers."