As someone who wore uniforms to school for most of her school life, I have come to understand the impact of having a dress code. I’ve always wondered what was so wrong about showing the three inches above my kneecap, but I never got a reasonably answer. It was always because the boys would stare instead of paying attention in class, and somehow that was my fault.
A senior at Helena High School was recently sent to the principal’s office for a “dress code infraction,” which wasn’t an accurate description for her “offense.” Even though there is more freedom at most public schools when it comes to the way you dress, in some ways there are more restrictions.
Kaitlyn Juvik was 18 years old when she was called down to the vice principal’s office during class because her outfit made her male teacher “uncomfortable.” She posted a picture on Facebook of the shirt she was wearing that day, which was deemed inappropriate because she wasn’t wearing a bra.
Kaitlyn hadn’t worn a bra for over a year and would wear nipple stickers every day under her clothes. About the experience, Kaitlyn remarked:
When I left the office, I was so upset that I posted a picture of what I was wearing on Facebook telling everyone, ‘If you were curious, this is the shirt I was wearing when I was called out,” I most definitely wasn’t wearing anything against the dress code.
Let’s investigate this matter further up ahead.