Originally created 08/18/99

Protests dress code won't ensure safety



I am a 15-year-old student at Harlem High School. It has recently been brought to my attention that the Columbia County School system has decided to change our dress code, thus making it stricter than what it was before. It has been said that they are doing this for our "protection."

My personal opinion on this is that the school system is restricting not only our wardrobe, but also our right to express ourselves by the way we dress. I had no objections to the former dress code. It is perfectly understandable as to why we can't have drug or alcohol paraphernalia on our clothes, or why we cannot wear revealing clothing.

I happen to wear rather baggy jeans and they get frayed at the bottoms from being dragged on the floor. I also do not tuck in my shirts. As a matter of fact, I know of few people my age who do. It is uncomfortable for me to tuck them in, and I dislike the way it looks.

The point I'm trying to make is that you can hide weapons basically anywhere if you're desperate enough to do so. This is only going to irritate and isolate others even more. Also, the type of music you listen to or the way you dress is a way of expressing who you are on the inside. It has been shown by past shootings that there is not a certain stereotype of people who do things of that nature. It is merely people with problems and issues they have not dealt with.

Restricting our wardrobe is not helping anything. If they want to ensure our safety, use metal detectors and put a police officer in each school. They have already done both of those things. They put me at ease and are good methods of security. ...

Amanda Tudor, Harlem