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Student dress code debate rages after teen told to cover up at Etobicoke high school


I came across this on-line today, I have read many dress code debates going around lately online from furious students saying how they should be allowed to wear what they want, blah blah blah. I come from a catholic school background so if my teachers saw this they would have probably sent me straight home, then again I think in the 90's we were a tad bit more modest. I remember being sent home because my pearl jam t-shirt was visible under my dress shirt 


What do you think about this girls choice in school attire?
May 26, 2015 @ 04:37 pm

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personally, i wouldnt allow my kid to wear it to school for the fact that their is a dress code and why bother stirring up something that doesnt need to be stirred up.. you can be just as cool if you have a little longer shorts & a little longer top (youre not allowed to wear bathing suits to school and thats what that crop top was looking like) .. BUT i dont agree with the shoulder straps & i never will. and i dont agree with the wording of the reasons girls arent allowed to wear the outfits that they ban. Exposing these parts distracts the male students & faculty (ive seen this on other posts and it disturbs me everytime) .. if your male teachers and principals are distracted by my daughters (aged 5-18) shoulders, i dont think you should be anywhere near children without supervision.
May 26, 2015 @ 04:44 pm


In my opinion I think there should be a dress code. I see many young girls where I work most dress very nice. But I do see many that leave nothing to the imagination. It is okay to try and look sexy but with some class. So I think school is for learning not a fashion statement. Plus many parents of today can't afford to keep up with the latest styles this way everyone looks the same. Uniforms all the way.
May 26, 2015 @ 04:48 pm


Young girls should not be dressing like that, it sends the wrong message and it's not modest whatsoever. It's sad to me seeing young girls walking around in short shorts and tank tops that show their bellies.. I think the parents should set the rules in place and not let their children leave the house wearing these inappropriate clothing. It should be continue to be monitored and not accepted in schools. I believe in a proper dress code all the way. My school had a dress code that we had to follow too and we weren't even aloud to wear regular tank tops or skirts above the knee.
I hope that this situation will get solved and that these young ladies will seek some guidance and know that it's not right to show off your body that way.
May 26, 2015 @ 08:25 pm


A little bit of modesty would not hurt. I completely agree with many of the above comments. Young men and women should dress modestly while in school so the focus is on learning and forming healthy relationships.
May 26, 2015 @ 09:36 pm

Dress Codes

I will admit that some schools take the dress code a little too seriously. I really hate how its all about being a distraction to others. At my high school shorts had to be longer than your fingertips when your arms were placed at your sides. This really wasn't fair for girls who had long arms. There were many girls sent to the principal's office when their shorts were appropriate, although just a little too short. I would always get in trouble for wearing v-necks if I didn't have a tank top underneath because "my body was too distracting". There were three other girls wearing the exact same v-neck, although I was the only one to get in trouble. If you had a C cup size or bigger the teachers would pay special attention to you to make sure you were not showing anything. They would even pick on you if your shirt was "too tight" around your bust. All of high school I was so self conscious of my body because I was constantly being picked on by my teachers because of my bra size.

Crop tops weren't popular when I was in high school and even if they were they would never be seen in school. I personally really hate this trend and think its inappropriate for these young girls. The beach and at home should be the only places you wear crop tops. That particular crop top looks like one of my sports bras and my gym won't even allow sports bras without a shirt over top so why should schools allow such a trend in a learning environment. I think the problem with this trend is someone is going to take it too far. This crop top wasn't too revealing, although if they let one slip then who knows what other people think they can get away with.
May 26, 2015 @ 10:07 pm


I'll have to agree with some of the posters here. I really don't like the reasoning they are giving for the girls body being too distracting. Personally I would not take this approach, quite simply I'd say it is inappropriate. The real world has dress codes too which much to the disappointment to today's youth will eventually find out. If this girl showed up to an office job wearing this type of outfit there is no doubt in my mind that she would immediately be called into HR and asked to go home and change or even be written up.
Time and place for everything, I think modesty has definitely been lost these days
May 26, 2015 @ 11:09 pm

School Dress Code

As a young girl myself who came out of high school only 2 short years ago this my opinion. In this particular case no I do not agree that what she was wearing was appropriate. I will say though as someone who went to Catholic school and was forced to wear a uniform that some schools expectations are a little ridiculous. I was sent to the principle office once because my hair tie was pink and we were only allowed black. ( sorry but that's just stupid ) and in cases like that I think it is our right to fight back for our freedom.
As far as dress code I believe that there should be limits on what you can and can't wear to school. I personally found nothing wrong with her out fit in general but I also am from the same generation and have a similar style BUT I also believe there is a time and a place for everything. School should be thought as like as "work" environment and if you were told were you work that you have to dress a certain way well let's just agree that there would be no (protest or debate) your boss would just fire you.
What you were out side of school should be entirely up to you or your parents I am a firm believer in freedom of expression and no judgment. If a girl wants to expose her self that way and her parents are okay with it or she is 18 then screw it let her be and worry about yourself but at school yes there are certain things that are just not appropriate. Also I think the whole it distracts males from focusing (which is an excuse I have herd many time) I uderly stupid. If a male really can't control himself to pay attention in school rather then get off on a little bit of shoulder or stomach that is showing then he should be sent home and taught a little lesson on self control and respect for women .
This is just my opinion though as someone who is of her age group and had bin in high school not so long ago.
May 27, 2015 @ 03:03 am


I agree with you totally mommy96tobe2015

What kids do on their own time for dress code is completely up to them and what their parents allow. Nobody is forcing these girls to wear burkas, I think the request of not wearing what is essentially a sports bra to school is not an absurd request.

Catholic high schools did and still do have pretty strict dress code regulations, even on 'dress down' days. They had regulations about allowable makeup/hair/clothing/foot wear/graphics on clothing, pretty well everything was under control and enforced. No difference if you are male or female, same standards applied to everybody.

I am not a fan of double standards, I've heard some schools don't allow girls to wear tank tops but it's perfectly fine for the boys to wear tank tops. I am totally against this 100%, what's good for the goose is good for the gander.

In the work place I have found dress codes to be more strict for men then they are for women. I worked in a corporate environment for many years and I'll tell ya the rules don't go away, they just get more complex
May 27, 2015 @ 11:02 am


I think that the girls now a days dress like their older. I see 15 yr oldswearing TNA..their skirts are getting shorter, clevage showing..pants that are so tight that they can barely breathe! I mean to each their own.. but when you get the attention your looking for than you say.. omg that guys a pig!! Well sorry sweetie but look at what your wearing!!

It should be mandiatory for schools to have uniforms.PERIOD. Your going to school, not the beach!!!
May 27, 2015 @ 11:40 am

Dress Code

If a dress code is in place, it should be worded that the rules apply to both genders. Most dress codes I've seen only seem to affect girls/young women. That said, I agree with the other posters in that they should be dressing as if they are going to work. If I showed up to my office in that outfit, I would be sent home IMMEDIATELY! Dress for school/work...not club hopping.
Muy other concern with dress codes, is that they often place the blame on women for "being distracting." It is not up to us, as women, to dress as to not distract men. It is up to the parents of the boys to teach their sons to respect women, and not to ogle them or make them feel ashamed of their (our) bodies.
Sorry...bit of a rant there.
May 27, 2015 @ 11:50 am

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