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The dress code has been really controversial in schools. Schools have the right to give restrictions, but it may violate the right of the kids/teens with the freedom of speech, freedom of expression and the right of the Constitution. Although schools give a dress code with limits and regulations, they need to be less excessive and some things should be allowed to wear. The first amendment protects against the dress code (Advanced Legal Search). There are many attributes of the 1st amendment, for example freedom of speech, freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, right of petition and much more (Audio English).
Kids/teens have the freedom of speech and expression. When teens/kids wear a certain type of clothing they are represented and expressing themselves to the world. They’re giving a message, that this is who I am and this is how I want to express myself. Most t-shirts have speech/words, in which the person wants to tell/express themselves, which is protected by the freedom of speech.
Students are protected by the first amendment “freedom of speech and expression”. There are many Supreme Court cases in which include the Dress Code.
A case which had to do with the dress code started with a person named John Tinker. He wore a black arm band on his shoulder to school (Advanced Legal Search). The school said it violated the dress code they had made about arm bands. The Supreme Court ruled in Tinkers favor. Wearing the armband didn’t show any disruption or interference with school activities, and there was nothing dangerous or harmful.
This was the first Supreme Court case that included the Dress Code (Advanced Legal Search). This should be a curriculum for the Supreme Court so the Supreme Court can rule in the correct favor. Schools need to be less extreme, seriously if a person is wearing a simple t-shirt that says Connecticut, they should be allowed to wear it; it’s not disrupting or affecting anybody in the school, and that person wants to express themselves about Connecticut. The Supreme Court even has limits and regulations, but there are less excessive and lets teen/kids to wear what they want to express in the correct nature.
Paul P wore a “Sand Diego” and “John Edwards” t-shirt to school, and was told he was not allowed to wear it. He was not allowed to wear it because the school had banned written t shirts (UPI News Track). The U.S Supreme Court banned the case without commenting. A lower judge ignored the suit and ruled in the school’s favor when the school allowed a new dress code: permitting shirt messages that promoted school things like events and so on (UPI News Track). This case does not prove my point, BUT the Supreme Court should have looked into this case. Paul expressed himself politically about “John Edwards”, and expressed himself about “San Diego”. Paul has the right of the constitution, even the first amendment. The Supreme Court ignored his rights, and that is not right to the human society. This is an example of how some dress codes should be dropped, and restructured. Kids/teens should be allowed to express themselves in what the school feels is correct. There shouldn’t be any unwarranted regulations. Patrick Agin wore armor and a sword to the yearbook photo shoot.
The school said it violated its “Zero Tolerance” weapons policy (New York Times Upfront). Both sides agreed to take the matter to State Ed Commissioner. Patrick was allowed to put the picture in a paid ad in the yearbook. This is an example of how the school was considerate and allowed the boy to take the picture into the yearbook. Both sides came into a term, and it didn’t have to go to the Supreme Court (New York Times Upfront). The school was understanding and put aside the dress code policy, took it into the State Ed Commissioner and allowed the boy to go on with the shoot. This should be an example to other schools, of how they were considerate and took things into hand.
In conclusion schools need to make an effort to regulate some of the dress code limitations. The schools should be understanding and take some of things into consideration. You don’t want kid/teens leaving or dropping out of school because they wore a shirt that said “San Diego”. Kid/teens want their freedom of expression, and their freedom of speech. They want to have pride in what they wear, and they definitely deserve it.
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