Wednesday, July 28, 1999
The 'tuckable' dilema and students 'style'

Although I understand the need for regulation in schools in this increasingly violent world, I simply cannot agree to one aspect of our “new” dress code. I can understand the need for baggy pants and trenchcoats to be outlawed, since they can harbour violence, but what does an untucked shirt say?

Many of my shirts I cannot wear tucked in, and I'm sure this is the case for most Fayette County students. They are either sweaters, shirts specifically made to go “out,” shirts too short to be tucked in without coming untucked, or just make me look fat (to teenage girls, looking “fat” can cause serious self-esteem problems).

These shirts are not baggy, and are not tank-tops. I do not have the funds to go out and buy a new “tuckable” wordrobe and just let the clothes I have already bought (some never worn) waste away in my closet.

What is wrong with our current dress code? If enforced (which it hasn't been), students already are not allowed to wear excessively baggy pants or tank-tops. Why should all students be forced to dress this way because of the chance that a peer will take advantage of authority?

If you want regulation, then go to all-out uniforms. Everyone will look the same. But don't try to regulate something impossible to regulate: people's style.

Kimberly Alberts
Junior, Sandy Creek High School

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