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Moms Talk: Appropriate Clothing in School

We ask moms (and dads) to discuss with us their views on what is and is not appropriate to wear in school.

A recent discussion in the national media has focused on clothing worn in schools by young students that contain controversial messages.

The buzz began when T-shirts for tweens and teen girls came out, including one from J.C. Penny Co. stating: “I’m too pretty for homework so I make my brother do it." Forever 21 has one that says ”Allergic to Algebra,” and another for even smaller girls reads “Future Trophy Wife.

Do you see these shirts as a problem to wear to school? Are they a problem at all? Would you let your young daughter wear these clothes? What kind of message does this send? A funny joke, or a larger problem?

Also, are students wearing other clothing that you deem inappropriate, such as those that are too revealing? 

Please tell us in comments so we can get an online conversation going. 

Tangelene Ramsay September 22, 2011 at 03:42 PM
Personally, I don't have a problem with shirts that say things like "I'm too pretty for homework". I would prefer that over the short shorts and almost non-existant skirts that girls wear. I also have a huge problem with the way boys are wearing their pants. I was at OHS the other day and saw a boy walking down the hall with his pants almost down to his thighs. He was walking like he just got off a horse in order to keep his pants from falling right off!
Tanya Carver September 22, 2011 at 05:18 PM
I would say pick your battles carefully. Are clothes more important than education, drugs & sex? Then ask yourself, who is buying those clothes?
Paul Singley September 22, 2011 at 05:32 PM
Those are both very good points. Does anyone know whether there is a dress code at Oxford High School, the other schools?
Tanya Carver September 23, 2011 at 09:56 AM
Paul, I just uploaded the student handbook from the Oxford High School Website. The dress code policy is located on page 18. If the upload did not work, here's the website www.oxfordhighschool.org, then go into handbook and documents, then choose student-parent handbook :)

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