By Marisa Aguiar and Jasmine Orozco
Now a days it doesn’t matter what store you go to it’s almost impossible to buy a pair of denim jeans that don’t already have rips or holes in them.
For Umatilla High School students that has been a huge problem since the beginning of the school year. Umatilla High School sophomore Vanessa Chavez was taken aback by the school’s dress code. She thinks it is strict.
“Honestly I think it’s somewhat unfair on how the school is stricter on the way girls dress compared to boys,” said Ms. Chavez.
“I understand that somethings can’t be worn to school, but the whole ripped jean thing is taking it too far in my opinion,” Ms. Chavez said. “So at the end of the day I think the school is making a bigger deal of it than what needs to be.”
However on the other side of the situation Umatilla High School counselor Mrs. Dee Lorence was interviewed about what she also personally thinks about the Umatilla High School’s dress code and how it come to be, and who decided to reinforce it.
“I know there has been some problems with the new rule, because originally there was supposed to be no holes Mrs.Lorence said.”But they went back and readjusted it because it’s hard to find jeans with no rips above the knee.”
“I think it was good that they went back and said look everything has it, so they went back and changed it,” Mrs.Lorence said.
During the first week of school, it became very obvious that the new school dress code is going to be a big problem especially for girls. And since ripped jeans are very popular right now it’s hard to find a high school girl who doesn’t own at least one pair with fashionable rips. So the rule was readjusted after the first week
“I think it was fair of [the high school cite council] when they said listen to [student] concerns, and they went back and modified the rules to what they currently are.” Mrs. Lorence explained when she talked about her opinion of the rules being more lenient and fair.
“In general, I think it’s hard to draw that line of what’s inappropriate and what’s appropriate. And that’s what the dress code is here for, to set boundaries,” Mrs. Lorence said. “Dress codes are there for a reason we want people to come and learn”
“Teachers also have a dress code and it it is even more strict than the students. They have a teacher handbook that has the dress code in it and you have to sign off ever year saying you read the whole handbook,” Social Studies teacher Josh Ego said. “I don’t mind following the teacher handbook because I know it’s to set an example for students to dress appropriate. Even though I love my blue denim jeans i don’t mind wearing khakis.”