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Author Topic: Dress code policies? Free speech issues?  (Read 13937 times)
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« Reply #6: October 18, 2008, 08:27:51 pm »

And of course you always have issues with uniforms; my sister's junior high adopted a dress code that said that shorts had to be between knee length and 3" above the knee. Which for most 12-year-olds isn't unreasonable, but my sister was 5'8" when she was 12 and still wearing kiddie sizes since she had no hips. It was literally impossible for her to find shorts that went as low as 3" above her knee, and pretty unreasonable to demand she wear pants in the hot months when the A/C wasn't on just because she was tall.

I had a similar problem in junior high and high school.  The requirement was that shorts had to reach the tip of our longest finger when standing with hands down at our sides.  Which is slightly less restrictive, I think, than the 3-inch rule, buuuuuuuut...

I wear a 36" inseam now.  I may have still been growing in high school, and thus not quite reached that yet, but my legs were still pretty long.  Shorts that were normal-length on other kids looked sort of short on me (and no, did not reach my fingertips).  And Bermuda shorts weren't in fashion then; practically all that was available was stuff that was a bit on the short side for me.  It didn't help that I had long-ish arms, too, which pushed the length requirement a little longer yet.

Fortunately, the school wasn't real strict with the dress code enforcement.  I wasn't wearing shorts that were practically underwear, I wasn't distracting my classmates or teachers with the amount of leg I was showing, I was making my best effort, and they seem to have been happy with that.  At least, the problem was never mentioned to me, even though I'm sure no pair of shorts I wore at those schools ever met the requirements.
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