Cheyenne Mountain High School Begins Year with Dress Code Controversy


Becca Heiniger

Maddie Dyer (12) listens to Mrs. Roberson brief the members of National Honors Society (NHS) for the annual NHS Babysitting Night. This night has been a tradition within the society for years, this night usually takes place during the second semester.

Jackson Parker and Jaron Rizo

Dress codes have always been a controversial issue for high schools across America. Last year, many students both female and male rebelled against strict dress codes that they saw as degrading. Since school started this year, the Cheyenne administration has been having this issue with their dress code policies with a new student led movement.

As female Cheyenne students flood to Instagram to share their opinions on the issue, many can’t help but wonder what policies are influencing this kind of uprising. As the District 12 Student Handbook states: “Students shall not wear apparel that is deemed disruptive or potentially disruptive to the classroom environment”. This includes shorts, dresses and similar clothing beyond mid thigh. Hannah Reich found this sort of policy to be degrading and is taking a stand to the administration with her own initiative.

She advertises her ideas on Instagram through the production of a rebelling T-shirt that reads, “I am not a Distraction”. This, of course, takes hits at the argument that male students become distracted when around females wearing certain apparel. As dozens of girls seem to back the idea in the comments, many parents are on board with the administration’s policies and are responding via social media outlets.

In a since-deleted Facebook post outlines the dress code as a guiding students should obey for self worth reasons. Essentially telling girls that what they’d wear determines what and who they are.

However, Manitou Springs High School had its own issues with dress code controversy last year after a school assembly. The speaker of the assembly promoted the district policy regarding dress code, and many students came out on social media directing their disagreement with the policy.

Students disagree with the policy because it indirectly states that a male student’s education is valued higher than a females. This argument is directed at the policy’s flaw of being selective of who it chooses to target. While the dress code controversy continues, schools will continue to amend their school dress code policy.