In New York City, almost 100 Stuyvesant High School students held a 'Slutty Wednesday' protest (video below) yesterday to protest a ban on girls' short skirts and sleeveless tops.
Ninth-grader Lucy Greider told the NY Post: “We work our asses off here, and school is about learning. Clothing is not important."
Greider added that she had been sent to the office 10 times this year for showing off too much skin: “Sometimes, the teachers will call you out in the hallway, [but] I like what I wear. I want to have my own style in school. A lot of the classrooms don’t have a/c’s and when it is 80 degrees outside and it is really hot, it’s perfectly OK to show a little skin.”
The dress code bans students from wearing tops with text or images in bad taste. Shorts, dresses and skirts are not permitted to end above the fingertips when students extend their arms down at their sides.
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Principal Stanley Teitel told the student newspaper, The Stuyvesant Spectator, last year: “Many young ladies wear denim skirts which are very tight and are short to begin with, and when they sit down, they only rise up, because there’s nowhere else to go."
“The bottom line is, some things are a distraction, and we don’t need to distract students from what is supposed to be going on here, which is learning.”