According to a new dress code policy (policy #8520) for all schools in North Carolina’s New Hanover County School District, all skinny jeans are now banned for females.
Students: What do you think about changes made to district’s Student Dress Policy? https://t.co/jmEoe6aFpa#policy8520
— New Hanover Co Sch (@NewHanoverCoSch) May 16, 2016
The school district’s new dress code, puts a full restriction on “leggings, ‘skinny jeans’ or other excessively tight-fitting pants unless covered by a top or dress to the appropriate length,” that length being one that “cover[s] the posterior area in its entirety.”
Many students and parents took to Twitter to share their thoughts;
Skinny Jeans, really NHCS?? There are way more important things to focus on than jeans. This is just downright petty!#policy8520 #NHCS
— Bre Kae (@BreKTillman) May 18, 2016
#policy8520 @NewHanoverCoSch the fact that you won’t ban the bullies but ban the attire of every teenage girl is absurd.
— mackenzie (@Kenziexxleigh) May 21, 2016
#Policy8520 NHC parent here: if bullying is the impetus, do a better job of teaching the kids to be nice. Don’t tell them how to dress.
— chrisfurner (@chrisfurner) May 17, 2016
The school district’s deputy superintendent, Rick Holliday, defended the policy, saying that it will help the learning environment.
“We’re basically trying to stay ahead of what might be disruptive to the learning environment,” he said. “Disruptive” attire, Holliday said, could be anything that invites bullying, unwanted attention, or in-class distractions.
New Hanover County School Board Vice Chair Jeannette Nichols told WECT the policy was suggested in part because “bigger girls” were being bullied for wearing tight clothing.
What do you think about the new policy?