This school proposed a ban on skinny jeans and students were quick to respond
It seems schools are in the news a lot lately — but over dress codes, not education, per se. The latest school to try to impose major regulations on what its students wear is the New Hanover County school system in Wilmington, North Carolina. It’s unclear if the newly-proposed dress code, which would forbid students from wearing skinny jeans, will even go through.
“No leggings, ‘skinny jeans’ or other excessively tight fitting pants unless covered by a top or dress to the appropriate length. (The length of the top or dress shall cover the posterior area in its entirety.),” the proposed policy stated. “Dresses, skirts, skorts and similar garments must meet the same criteria as put forth above.”
“The intent of it is basically just to make sure the focus in the classroom is on teaching and learning and nothing is being worn that can distract from that,” Valita Quattlebaum, a spokesperson for the school system, told BuzzFeed News. In addition, “bigger girls” being bullied due to their tight jeans was one reason for the proposed policy change, said New Hanover County School Board Vice Chair Jeannette Nichols.
What would happen if a student violates the new policy? He or she would have to change. If it’s continuously violated, an out-of-school suspension would be next, reported WECT.
It’s not official yet, but the no-skinny-jeans idea was proposed at an April 5 meeting. Feedback is still being collected before it’s presented to the school board on June 1 at a public meeting. “This method of collecting feedback may continue for gathering student input on future new/revised policies that directly impact students,” said NHC Schools spokeswoman Heather Miller.
Of course, students were not pleased with the news and expressed their concerns on Twitter, per the school system asking them to. (Interesting!)