Dress Code Essay

2016 Words Dec 7th, 2012 9 Pages
Every weekday morning during the school year, I wake up in order to get ready for school. I eat breakfast, board the bus, and hope my day will be a good one. Once I exit the bus and enter the school, I am unpleasantly greeted by girls hanging out of their shirts along with boys' behinds falling out of their pants. Immediately, my hopefulness evaporates and is replaced with disgust. As I get past those crude sights, I witness a fight due to one student bullying another based on the unfashionable and plain clothes he wears. My day that was supposed to be great has been disturbed again. I know that I am not the only person troubled by these almost daily sights. Therefore, in order to achieve a less distracting workplace and help eliminate …show more content…
For example, district officials in California say that parents can buy a white shirt and pants for 25 dollars (Portner 4). Also, charities help provide clothes, backpacks, and shoes to students that are unable to pay for the uniforms. Although a dress code seems like it would be a good fit at PMHS, many people are still opposed to it.
Despite the number of benefits a dress code entails, some people are still against it. The main reason that some are opposed to the dress code is that they say it violates the First Amendment. The First Amendment states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances” (U.S. Constitution 1). This guarantees any citizen the right to freedom of expression, freedom of speech, and freedom of religion. It is true that schools are not allowed to ban clothing or jewelry because they do not like it. However, if the school has evidence that the clothing or jewelry will cause a disruption, violate anyone else’s rights, or prove to be detrimental to the health and safety of students, then the school is allowed to ban the item (Haynes 2).
The 1998 case of Canady v. Bossier Parish School Board determined whether school uniforms were constitutional or

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