The teen had a thigh high leg brace for a leg injury and was allegedly asked to wear something longer.
A lot of young people on TikTok are sharing their stories about dress codes in their schools. Most teens find dress codes sexist and unnecessary and many feel schools need to focus on more important issues instead. One TikToker named Kyleigh, who goes by the username @kyles._.w was allegedly asked to change out of her shorts. The athlete was in a leg brace after tearing her meniscus. The student was wearing athletic shorts that reached down to her brace but it was considered too short by the school. She was asked to change her outfit for violating the dress code. In a video that has over 50k views so far, she can be seen with an exasperated expression with on-screen text that read: How are u gonna dress code someone who can’t even wear pants. She added that she was asked to leave the class and change. “Missing almost my entire class for this BS,” she wrote.
In the comments section, she confirmed that she had been required by her school to change her shorts, as clothing hems must reach “six inches above the knee”. Other viewers suggested that wear jeans or leggings rather than shorts. “I had to put on workout leggings and now my brace is sliding around and I’ve had to re-adjust it six times today to even walk,” she revealed. Another viewer suggested she try “men’s PJ pants” to which she responded that her school’s dress code prohibits pajama pants. “We can’t wear any type of PJ clothes to school,” she stated. When one person questioned if she could switch to sweatpants she shared that it is “way too hot” where she lives. Others shared their own stories that seemed to echo the TikToker's situation. One person wrote: When I tore my ACL they made me put my brace OVER my pants. Another said: Happened at my school. The girl got dress coded for one of these and she literally came back with a towel tied around her leg.
Many viewers slammed the school for not accommodating Kyleigh's situation, with one person questioning, “How is this even possible?” Another person asked: They do everything but allow students to learn, I swear. While someone else joked: Your cast is too revealing. Finally, the teen ended up wearing her Dad's basketball shorts, which stop slightly above the knee. In a new video, she shared the update with a message on the screen that said: “I guess imma dress like a guy, now haven’t got dress-coded.”
According to Comic Sands, most dress codes started back in 1969. Back then there were other reasons, unlike today where the focus is about not being a "distraction". The outlet shared: The Supreme Court has never directly addressed school dress codes. In Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District (1969), which involved high school students wearing black armbands to protest the Vietnam War, the Court affirmed students' First Amendment rights to free speech. Although the Court's decision upheld students' right to express themselves through certain items they wear, the Court has never specified whether that right bars uniforms, dress codes, or grooming requirements.
i hate my school dress code :(( so strict, the way i dress for school makes me feel so masculine and big because im not able to wear what i want and it’s making me so insecure :(— wren ୨୧ (@dakotajhnsongf) October 8, 2021