Wednesday, October 28, 2009

School is NOT a Brothel

Lately, the students of Nashua High South have been in an uproar. Due to recent events there has been major speculation about the dress code and how it should be strictly followed. Teachers and parents have all issued complaints to our principal regarding the types of clothing seen throughout the school. In response, the principal addressed the student body telling them that this is NOT a brothel, it is indeed a school. In her announcement she made it clear we weren’t all members of a brothel and that our primary reason for being at school is education. Let me tell you, that one statement has caused more damage than anything our principal has said before. While some commended and supported the principal, others were highly offended. The principal has received letters, emails and has met with students and parents in response to her announcement. The point is however, students are listening and care about the school community. Together, Principal Seusing hopes to bring about new changes within the school to increase the amount of clothing seen and the amount of respect given.

Furthermore, there was a large amount of rumors that went around the school following Mrs. Seusing’s statement. Some of them being they were going to ban all legging and yoga pants. However, the one that held my interest was the idea that the popular Ugg boots were going to be banned from school. Not necessarily because they violated the dress code but because they were too expensive for all students to buy and therefore created social differences among students. Along with this rumor was the banning of Abercrombie & Fitch clothes as well as other popular, yet expensive, brand name clothing. I have been reassured by reliable sources that nothing of this sort is being considered at our school but students have already started to send their “hate mail” to the principal. So while some students were upset regarding the comment made, some were even more distraught about the banning of Uggs. Some students believe that if they have money they should be able to wear what they want regardless of the price.

On the other hand there is a group of parents who want to get uniforms established at our school. I don’t think this will happen, but it goes to show that parents do not want their kid’s clothing to determine their social standing in any way. Parents are failing to see that it isn’t always clothing that determines social standing. It is understandable why parents don’t want to have to buy expensive clothing for their kids to fit in, taking away student’s freedom of expression should not be an option.


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