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Voice: The code of the dress

February 28, 2001

Pants too long, frayed and two sizes too big and the hips barely holding them up. Back side billowy, looking like the wearer had a natural accident. Hair completely or partially shaved off. Strange dyes used, hair stiff and standing.

Shorts too short, shorts too long, tank tops, skirts too tight and too short. Slits on dresses well above the knees, Frankenstein shoes. T-shirts with religious motifs, crude messages. Heavy makeup and outlined lips. Earrings on both, boys and girls, some with more than two on each ear. Nose rings and pierced noses.

No, we are not being invaded by aliens from outer space. These are some of the styles on the junior high campus of 11-, 12- and 13-year-olds.

A few years ago the Brawley Elementary School District came out with a dress code that was accepted by the parents, but some of the parents were disappointed because they thought it unfair to restrict their children to certain ways of dress. The district then met these parents halfway and allowed then to sign a waiver as long as they followed the rules — tucked-in shirt, right length shorts and pants, no tank tops and other distracting dress.

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Now as you read the first two paragraphs the "code of the dress" is still a battle on the campus. Our teachers are fair. They give warnings and a dress code slip, but this comes to no avail.

Maybe some of us are old-fashioned, but I think some parents should give more thought to their children's style of apparel. Remember this is the seventh and eighth grade, not a dressing contest to see who could show the most or look the coolest.

As I write in other articles the school and teachers could only do so much and they need the cooperation of the parent.

Teacher: John, what does your mother say about the three rings in your ear?

Student: Nothing. She helped me put the third one on.

Need I say more?

ED WOETEN

Imperial

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