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Teens walk out in protest of school’s unfair dress code
The double standard is all too real.
Cherie Gozon
07.06.21

A recent TikTok video went viral because it sent a strong message to society.

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Evita Frick-Hisaw from Natomas Charter School created a video that went viral last June 3.

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The video showed how they walked out of school to protest their school’s imposition of dress codes, saying that it was “sexist and perpetuates rape culture.” The post has been viewed over 3.6 million times with more than 1.1 million likes. These stats continue to rise as it gains popularity and support.

School dress codes always ignite heated debates.

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Studies were conducted to see if strictly imposing dress codes or letting students wear school uniforms impacts students’ academic performance and personalities.

One study shows that students wearing uniforms can listen better and understand their lessons faster.

Their findings conclude that those who follow the rules on dress codes have peak academic performance.

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However, in another study, it was somewhat inconclusive if having a dress code or uniform policy made a difference in students’ performance and attendance.

There’s no clear proof that a student’s attire can be distracting and impact their learning environment.

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This is why the students in Natomas Charter School were enraged when their principal wanted to impose stricter dress codes; mainly, targeting how women dress.

The post is captioned:

“We started this all because our principal was going to have an assembly about dress code, so day of the assembly, we did this. (There was a reason.).”

The video started with Evita wearing baggy clothes before the protest.

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The students then walked out and changed their clothes as an act of protest. In Evita’s TikTok video, you can see that most of them were wearing midriffs, crop tops, and baby tees.

They also wrote “protest signs” on their skin with a marker.

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Some of the signs said “Am I Distracting?”, “Distraction,” and “Skinny Pass?”

Boys even supported their protest wearing “revealing” clothes.

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There were a lot of people who supported their cause.

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One comment is entirely on point, saying,

“I mean in University we don’t have a dress code, and everything is fine, and no one is distracted so idk where they get that from.”

This proves that even in higher education, how one dresses up in school doesn’t matter.

However, some people weren’t too happy with the protest.

One commented:

“These little kids are gonna have a really hard time getting a job in the future if they can’t understand the basics of dress code.”

Evita posted another video to react to this, saying:

@baggyjeanmomReply to @emilemily19 ,thank you for all the support I’m glad that we are finally being heard wether it’s by our school or not.♬ original sound – Evita frick-Hisaw

“We know we’re gonna have a dress code when we get older and possibly have uniforms with whatever job that comes, but right now, we’re in school. We’re in a learning environment. We should not have to be kicked out of class for wearing a crop top.”

She made a strong point there.

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What these school kids want is to allow them to express themselves with high esteem and confidence. The mentality that one’s clothes are distracting says a lot more of the one distracted than the “distraction.”

As one of their signages says:

“Teach boys to focus, not girls to cover up.”

See the protest in the video below!

Please SHARE this with your friends and family.

@baggyjeanmom

we started this all because our principal was going to have an assembly abt dress code so day of the assembly we did this. (There was a reason)

♬ original sound – Sickickmusic

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By Cherie Gozon
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Cherie Gozon is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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