Kudos to these kids for going about this the right way.
Appleton West High School sophomores Cailey Lambrecht and Maria Chavez have nearly 300 signatures on a petition to change the dress code. They plan to take their case to the school board on June 8.
The students argue they should be allowed to wear shorts and tank tops with spaghetti straps when the weather gets warm, especially since there are only a few rooms at West with air conditioning.
“At our school it gets really hot, and we can’t really wear tank tops because (administrators) are really picky on it,” Lambrecht said. “Guys can wear whatever they want, and we have so many dress code rules. It’s kind of ridiculous.”
Her characterization is incorrect. The same rules apply for the boys who have to wear longer shorts and such. Here’s the relevant language from the dress code:
•Students may not wear scanty and/or revealing clothing. Examples include but are not limited to: short skirts (need to be mid-thigh) or revealing shorts, tube tops, halters, backless tops, spaghetti straps less than one inch, exposed midriffs or undergarments.
It seems like a reasonable standard to me. Mid-thigh is not exactly a burka.
On a side note… tube tops?