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Students protest dress code during color week

Glen A. Wilson students organized a color week in protest of the school dress code and its enforcement on the week of Aug. 23.

Paw Prints Weekly reached out to the owner of the account who organized the week of action. The owner of the account, who was unavailable for comment, began attracting attention in mid-August with a post titled “The Issue with dress code.”

A later post published on social media called for students to wear a different color each day of the week, followed by the caption #wearenotadistraction as a demonstration of solidarity. The week’s theme included Blue Monday, Pink/Red Tuesday, Yellow Wednesday, Purple Thursday and [Wear What You Have Been Dress Coded For] Friday.

Students wore the respective colors for each day and posted photos on social media, tagging the account.

“I participated because I felt that my other classmates were being unfairly judged,” senior Sebastian Rock said. “I feel like that needs to be said and stated.”

Additionally, sophomore Aileen Sandoval echoes this sentiment, saying that the response is in an effort to propose a change in dress code specifics, such as the standard focus on “shoulders” and “midriffs.”

“By enforcing a rule that does not allow people to feel safe in their own skin creates a whole other problem for students,” Sandoval said.

Sandoval added that she has been dress-coded around five times; She believes that the dress code should be targeting clothing that is truly inappropriate and disturbing to the learning environment.

Moreover, freshman Ian Hornell participated fully in the week of action, wearing the colors each day. They believe that there is hypocrisy within the dress code as a guideline for students to follow.

“I did not expect a dress code event like this to happen as a freshman,” Hornell said. “However, I support the movement.”

One of the colored signs posted around the school this past Friday. (Photo by Rani Chor)

Last Friday, colored signs were posted around the campus reflecting sentiments such as “Worry about COVID cases NOT TEEN GIRLS’ BODIES.” No tagging or defacement of school property occurred, and the owner of the account posted an IG story noting that “multiple people tried to protest and were shut down quickly.”

As of now, the account that organized this week of action has ceased to post further updates.

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