Stuyvesant High School is probably one of New York City‘s top public high schools and, thanks to 100 students, now the home of a protest called “Slutty Wednesday.”
The protest was held in response to a strict dress code, according to Yahoo News, which some of the students think is dumb. The current code prohibits girls from exposing their shoulders, midriffs, lower backs, bras, and underwear, and girls who participated in the protest intentionally wore clothes that violated the school’s policy.
The New York Post reports that ninth-grader Lucy Greider says she’s been brought into the office 10 times this year for violating the dress code, which was introduced last fall. She stated:
“We work our asses off here, and school is about learning. Clothing is not important. A lot of the classrooms don’t have a/c’s and when it is 80 degrees outside and it is really hot, it’s perfectly OK to show a little skin.”
The Huffington Post reports that another student told reporters:
“They’re, like, sexualizing our outfits by telling us what to wear. And like, I don’t know, I guess it’s just more important to learn in school rather than be like persecuted for your dress.”
Principal Stanley Teitel stands by the new dress code and states it was put in place because students were wearing clothing that was inappropriate for school. He stated, according to The Huffington Post, that:
“The bottom line is, some things are a distraction. And we don’t need to distract students from what is supposed to be going on here, which is learning.”
Do you think that the students at Stuyvesant High School are right to hold their “Slutty Wednesday” protest, or are they going too far by trying to protest the dress code?