OUR VIEW: Certain knees should not be illegal


artwork by Kevin Ronquillo

While administrators make dress codes to try and keep students from being or becoming distracted during the school day, the discrepancies in those rules can be confusing. The dress code rule about ripped jeans makes sense in theory, but when used in context, is perplexing. 

  The dress code states that any rips in jeans must be patched or have tights worn underneath, no matter where the hole is. However, it is acceptable to wear a skirt or shorts that are mid thigh. If a student comes to school with the knees of their jeans ripped, they are warned to change and can be assigned ISS until dress code violation is resolved.

 Administrators defend the dress code with the idea that rips in jeans do not look professional, so the requirement of patches is enforced. With the world evolving so much in the past couple of decades, style is constantly changing, which includes what is considered to be professional. The present world has many careers which have more easygoing dress requirements. In order to prepare students for the real world, it is important to take into account these changes workforces are making.

Students can respect having to patch holes above the knees because they fall in line with the dress code for other clothing bottoms; however, not allowing holes in the knees seems contradictory since skirts and shorts which expose the entire knee are within the dress code.

The need for a dress code is an undisputed fact because students will always try to get away with breaking it, but the reasoning behind no exposed knees in jeans versus exposed knees in a skirt or shorts contradicts the rule. The dress code should be amended to reflect this inconsistency to make it fair for everyone no matter how he or she chooses to expose knees.