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Texas High students wear T-shirts protesting dress code rule | Shirt length while wearing leggings at issue

by Andrew Bell | August 20, 2021 at 7:34 p.m. | Updated August 20, 2021 at 7:35 p.m.
One of the shirts a group of students at Texarkana's Texas High School wore Friday in protest of a dress code rule is pictured. At issue is a rule that girls must wear "a fingertip length shirt" with leggings or other tight-fitting pants. The grandmother of one of the protesters claimed the rule exists to avoid "a distraction to the boys."

TEXARKANA, Texas - A group of students at Texas High School wore T-shirts Friday protesting a dress code rule regarding females' shirt lengths when wearing leggings.

The initiative was reportedly sparked and organized on social media by the students.

Lisa Love has a family member who attends Texas High, and she said she disagrees with the implementation of this rule.

"They've come up with a new rule at the school that all girls must wear at least fingertip-length shirts with their leggings because it's a distraction to the boys," Love said. "I know a bunch of the girls are planning to wear T-shirts. I don't know how much of a protest it is, but that is what they're protesting."

"Spandex, body fitting, or tight fitting shorts or pants, including yoga pants, fitness pants or leggings must accompany a fingertip length shirt," the THS Student Handbook states

Chief Communications Officer Tina Veal-Gooch said this is not a new rule.

"This policy has been in place for many years and is not new to this year," she said. "Our THS Administrative Team has taken the opportunity to listen to what the students are saying, in an effort to understand their concerns. We will take a look at a new process to develop the handbook which will allow for students, parents and staff to be involved."

It is not clearly stated in the text that this rule has any relation to boys' perceptions of it, but Love deduces that it does.

"I'm just not sure when women are supposed to stop catering to what's best for the boys," she said. "My granddaughter is a straight-A student. She has never been in trouble. But her and many other girls are absolutely appalled that they've done this for the reason they gave."

Love said a group of mothers is planning to go to next month's school board meeting to complain about the dress code rule.


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