Dress Code: Where to Draw the Line

Dress Code: Where to Draw the Line

Kylee Hurley

A pair of shorts similar to the ones Lindsey Stocker was wearing before getting in trouble this past week.

Credit to GreenWood

Kylee Hurley, Writer

Lindsey Stocker is an average eleventh grade student in a Montreal High school that made headlines in several countries for expressing her own opinion.

On May 21st Lindsey was singled out in class for wearing shorts to school that were considered “too short.” She was faced with the option of changing her attire, or facing suspension for breaking the schools dress code.

Instead of changing, Lindsey took it upon herself to print out twenty posters that stated, ‘Don’t humiliate her because she’s wearing shorts. It’s hot outside. Instead of shaming girls for their bodies, teach boys that girls are not sexual objects.’

Although the posters only remained hung around the school for less than an hour the statement went viral in a matter of days. Many teen girls around both Canada and the US can agree that girls should not have to dress a certain way to keep from distracting male peers.

Many female students at Franklin High can agree with Lindsey, including freshman Caitlin Marple. In an interview Caitlin expressed her views on changing her appearance for a boy.

“I do think she’s right. A girl shouldn’t be punished for the way her body is made, and for the way that boys are viewing it. I completely agree with what she said,” Caitlin stated.

Despite being suspended for a day, Lindsey has made quite an impact to other schools and towns around Canada and the United States.

“I think that she was right because girls shouldn’t be punished just because some boys may get distracted by seeing a girls legs,” stated Grace Griffin who is also a freshman at Franklin High School.

Should schools really be teaching girls to make changes for a teenage boy, or should they be focusing on teaching a boy self control?

This is the question lots of girls have proposed to different schools in the past few years, including Lindsey Stocker.

Brayden Downing of Franklin High also expressed her views on the situation in an interview with Pantherbook. “I would probably do something like that if I were in her position. Boys seem to have it a lot easier than girls, and I don’t think they realize that,” she said after reading Lindsey’s viral note.

Overall school dress codes have become a controversy across the globe that many teenage girls seem to be the main target of, and Lindsey Stocker isn’t the only teenage girl to feel this way.