Thirty Oklahoma high school students were suspended Friday after protesting the dress code, claiming it is sexist.
Dozens of Mustang High School students held signs reading ‘Dress codes are sexist,’ ‘My body is not a distraction,’ and ‘If teens midriffs distract you, you should not be working with teens’ at the protest.
The students complained that teachers – especially male teachers – were hyperaware of female students bodies and often ignored when their male counterparts violated the same rules in the school code.
TikTok user @777Jade, a student at the school, shared a video that became viral and earned more than 400,000 likes in the platform. The clip shows students holding the signs and taping them to the school’s walls.
‘Our school had a protest against the dress code discrimination and the sexual harassments from the male teachers,’ she wrote in the video.
She also accused school officials of taking and ripping their posters after having told students they would return them.
Dozens of students at Mustang High School in Oklahoma held a protest against a dress code they deemed sexist and biased against girls
Dozens of students held signs reading ‘Dress codes are sexist,’ ‘My body is not a distraction,’ and ‘If teens midriffs distract you, you should not be working with teens’
Thirty students at Mustang High School were suspended after the protest took place on September 10
‘You know what, Paige? Shame on you. You know how many times I tried to help you. My mistake,’ a school worker can be heard saying in the video to a student in the principal’s office.
Mustang’s dress code prohibits students from showing their cleavage and midriff. Tube tops, halter tops, off the shoulder tops, spaghetti straps or backless tops are also prohibited.
The school’s handbook states that the purpose of the dress code is ‘to permit students to dress according to current fashions, and at the same time reinforce district guidelines and restrict disruptions to the learning environment.’
Kirk Wilson, director of communicators at the school, confirmed that ‘a handful of students’ had been sent home with a suspension to The Independent.
‘There was a small protest before school at Mustang High School on Friday, September 10, 2021. When class began, the protest ended and most of the students attended class as normal,’ said the statement from Wilson.
‘There were a handful of students who violated the student code of conduct after class began and those situations were addressed…we remain committed to supporting our students and providing a safe and nurturing learning environment,’ he added.
‘You know what, Paige? Shame on you. You know how many times I tried to help you. My mistake,’ a school worker can be heard saying in the video to a student in the principal’s office
@777jadeee holding her suspension after being part of the protest at Mustang. The school claims the dress code reinforces ‘district guidelines and restricts disruptions to the learning environment’
The protest at Mustang is part of a growing trend in the country, as teenagers across state lines denounce school dress codes’ ‘double standard’ and ‘bias against girls.’
In Illinois, a male student wore a crop top to his school in order to prove that it was only a problem when a girl wore one.
Drew Jarding, 17, had already spent a few days this year going to school in clothes that he says ‘would get me dress coded if I were a girl.’
But in August, he upped the stakes by enlisting his friend and fellow senior Kenzie Crimmins, 17, who also violated the dress code but in a much more subtle way — and still, only Kenzie got in trouble, emerging from the office with a pink slip because she ‘showed her stomach.’
‘This is a big issue because it breaks down these girls’ confidence and sends the wrong message. Instead of ‘trying to help’ they’re doing the exact opposite,’ Drew toldDailyMail.com. ‘I would like to see the dress code change to something more reasonable and not at all sexist.’
Power to the people! A pair of Illinois teens sought out to prove how sexist their high school’s dress code is by wearing similarly revealing outfits to class
Get low: Drew Jarding , 17, low-slung shorts and a short crop top, bearing most of his legs and also several inches of stomach and even hip bones
Midriff: His friend and fellow senior Kenzie Crimmins, 17 (left), went to school in a pair of blue leggings and a red T-shirt that show a tiny sliver of abdomen when she stands still
Drew shared a viral TikTok video of the experiment, which has earned 1.8 million likes on the platform.
‘Dressing the same to school to show how dress codes are sexist,’ Drew captioned the clip.
While Kenzie went to school in a pair of blue leggings and a red T-shirt that show a tiny sliver of abdomen, Drew donned exceptionally low-slung shorts and a short crop top, bearing most of his legs and also several inches of stomach and even hip bones.
‘Just so you could show how biased they really are,’ Drew told BuzzFeed.
Their school dress code mandates that ‘clothing must be modest and conducive to the school environment’ and that ‘students are expected to take pride in their appearance and to dress appropriately for focused study.’
But in seventh period, Kenzie got written up for showing her midriff — though Drew says no one said anything to him.
Drew said that while he usually posts comedic content, he’s glad he got out of his comfort zone to bring awareness to an important issue.
In California, Evita Frick-Hisaw, 16, who is known as @baggyjeanmom on the platform, shared footage of her classmates wearing crop tops on June 3 in objection to a dress code assembly that was allegedly supposed to be held that day.
‘In protest of the dress code assembly regarding ‘too much mid-drift,’ we are all wearing crop tops. We suggest you do too! Boys, support your friends and crop your tops,’ reads a flyer about the walkout that she shared on her Instagram Stories.
Evita’s viral TikTok video shows her wearing a baggy T-shirt before she changed into a cropped tank to join the protest.
Some of the students wrote things such as ‘Distraction,’ ‘It’s not my fault,’ and ‘Am I distracting?’ across their stomachs.
They also hung signs calling out administrators for insinuating their bodies are a distraction.
Objection: California teen Evita Frick-Hisaw (pictured) helped stage a walkout at her high school in protest of it’s ‘sexist’ dress code
United front: Male students supported the cause by sporting crop tops and open shirts