The Right to Bear Arms


Something that’s been a pretty big issue ever since school started is the dress code. Nearly every day students are sent to the office for what they are wearing. Once there, they are told to go home and change. Does the administration really have the power to restrict what we can and cannot wear to school?

Well technically, yes.

However, I believe that over the years the whole ordeal has been blown out of proportion. Even though our summer vacation is over, the summer temperatures are not. By the time noon hits, the temperature is usually somewhere around 90 degrees and rises gradually after that.

While I understand that it’s not hard to wear a shirt with sleeves, it’s also not a big deal for a girl’s shoulders to be showing. Additionally, “bro tanks,” are popular among the boys that attend Basehor-Linwood High School; but of course they are banned as well.

I recently read in an article about a school that was hanging up signs in the hallways that read, “Dress to be comfortable, not to impress boys”


I was shocked that a school administration had the audacity to accuse young girls of showing off their shoulders for boys.

The female population handled the situation extremely well. They rebutted with signs that read, “Instead of publicly shaming girls for wearing WEATHER APPROPRIATE clothing, teach students and teachers to not over-sexualize the normal human anatomy.”

I have to admit, that reminded me a lot of my own school. I don’t see a teenager’s shoulders as being a threat to the learning of others. Also, I don’t think it’s up for the administration to decide whether a piece of clothing is seen as, “offensive.”

For example, last year after the loss of freshman Shealyn Hayes, students made t-shirts in memory of her. One of the shirts read, “Every Damn Day, Do it for Shea.”

Some students continue to wear the shirt, while others have been punished for doing so. Because of the d-word, the shirt is seen to be offensive.

My question is: whom is the shirt offending? Does it really bother someone to where it cannot be worn?

In the end, I just don’t agree with most of the dress code policy. However, I have a right to my opinion and I respect anyone who disagrees with me.