High School Students Protest Dress Code

American spirit lives on at Payson school

Kathe Ketchem

Kathe Ketchem


For those fearing that the revolutionary spirit of our American forefathers wanes, Payson High School students boldly braved the wrath of administrators to protest the dress code on Tuesday this week.

The teens organized over Facebook creating a dress code protest page, which has since been taken down.

A little more than two-dozen students showed up for school wearing tank tops, pajama bottoms, no shirts, holes above the knee jeans, sheer shirts and mini skirts, said Tyler McMinimy, a senior at PHS.

Administrators met the protesters at bus stops and entrances to the school. Student protesters who did not have dress code appropriate clothes to change into were sent home, said Kathe Ketchem, PHS principal.

Jacob Chamberlain, a sophomore, got away without wearing a shirt under his old marching band uniform jacket until he arrived at his second period class with science teacher Beverly Adams.

Noticing his lack of a shirt, Adams said, “Jacob, I’m going to have to dress code you.”

“But I don’t even have any cleavage showing!” Chamberlain said in protest.

Adams sent him home to change.

The PHS dress code prohibits tank tops, spaghetti strap shirts, razorback tees, and sheer see-through shirts. Shorts and skirts must have a six-inch inseam. No jeans, shorts or skirts may have holes within that six-inch inseam. No undergarments may be exposed by either gender, said Ketchem.

Ketchem said she tells students to consider school their job and to dress appropriately.

However, she does want students to understand they do have a voice and do not need to resort to protests.

“We suggest to students if they oppose a policy to take their complaints to student government,” said Ketchem.

Student government representatives then meet with administrators at an advisory committee meeting to share concerns.

The students at Rim Country Middle School have a slightly more lenient dress code. They may wear shorts and skirts with a shorter inseam as long as they wear leggings as well.


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