Female students say dress code enforcement unfairly targets them


Branham’s new administrators are reinforcing existing dress code policies, which some feel unfairly targets female students.


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Julia Kolman/Bear Witness

Lauren Hogan
Student Life Editor
Branham’s new administrators are reinforcing existing dress code policies, which some feel unfairly targets female students.
Before the beginning of the school year, it was uncommon to see students be informed that their clothing was inappropriate, and that they have to alter their style of dress. But as the 2016-2017 school year has progressed, more and more students have been dress coded for clothes that used to be worn in previous years with no questions asked.
Branham senior Madeline Trotter was just one of the students on campus who had been dress coded during the first few weeks of school.
“I was told that I needed to either button up my cardigan or change my shirt because I was showing something like an inch of my tummy,” she said.
Trotter said that she could not understand why she was dress coded. She said that she had worn that outfit to school before in previous years and said that neither administrators nor teachers had asked her to change.
In informal reporting, this confusion about why the dress code is harsher than in previous is a feeling that many Branham students have expressed.
In a meeting with the Bear Witness staff, Principal Cheryl Lawton tried to clear the airby explaining her reasoning for her recent enforcement. She said that Branham High School had always had a dress code, but previous administrations may have chosen not to enforce it.
She continued to say that the most common articles of clothing that are being worn by students who are dress-coded are shirts that show midriff, clothing that exposes undergarments and shirts that are cut inward at the chest to expose the belly and chest area.
“We don’t need to see undergarments and midriff on both sexes,” she said.

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