No exceptions: Dress code should be followed by all students

Emily Brown, Copy Editor

Blue Valley High School Dress Code: No caps, hats, hoods or bandanas during school hours.

No tube tops or halter tops.

No sagging pants that show off boxers.

No spaghetti straps.

No provocative necklines or backless shirts.

No extremely short skirts.

Yeah, I know.

At times, not being able to wear that cute or cool clothing item stinks.

But our school stands for something more than style — something far more important.

BV is dedicated to being the best.

What exactly does that entail?

It means we need to be respectful and considerate of our peers, our teachers and our school administrators. And in order to personify these virtues, we must follow the rules.

If the administration believes a dress code is beneficial to the school, then this rule should be taken seriously by teachers and students alike.

It shouldn’t be a sketchy guideline that some people follow and others don’t.

In the real world, if you break a law you get punished.

It should be no different here.

There aren’t lenient “guidelines” some people get away with.

And in that mysterious not-so-far-away real world, wearing hats or inappropriate clothing just won’t do.

The business world won’t look twice at you if you come into an interview wearing a micro-mini and a shirt that shows off your stomach.

You might be the most intelligent person in the world, but you won’t get your dream job. Just because you looked like a fool.

This dress code will get you in the habit of dressing appropriately for when your clothes really do matter.

Just think of it as a test for the future and keep in mind that the administration did not make this dress code just to irritate us.

They don’t want to encourage gangs. They don’t want to spread lice.

And they really don’t want you walking around, making an idiot of yourself in those less-than-classy outfits.

So don’t complain when you get sent to the office to change into a Tiger T-shirt.

You should just be relieved that the punishment isn’t more harsh.

At public North High School in Akron, Ohio, dozens of students were suspended for insubordination. The students refused to take off their sweatshirts in protest of the school’s strict dress code.

Imagine not even being able to wear a comfy sweatshirt to school because it might hide weapons or other contraband.

Imagine not being able to wear certain colors or symbols that might be considered gang-related.

Imagine not being able to wear a jacket when you are freezing cold.

In 2008, a public high school student, Shabraia Dodd, was arrested for assault on a police officer after refusing to take off her jacket.

It went against the dress code of East Ridge High School in East Ridge, Tenn.

Obviously, it could be a lot worse.

Save the beanies, sagging pants and backless shirts for the weekend.