Lakewood High School students are mobilizing, looking to end the school district’s ban on hooded sweatshirts, commonly referred to as “hoodies.”
“We feel that these rules are unjust, and unfair,” students penned in a letter to school officials.
“Most of us don't have jackets, or winter coats without hoods, and although winter jackets are allowed, hoodies are a cheaper solution to the expensive winter coat, and get the job done well.”
More than 400 people have already signed an online petition.
Kevin Bright, the district’s assistant superintendent, couldn’t immediately be reached for comment, but he told Fox 8 that the hooded sweatshirts were outlawed to prevent students from “concealing things.”
District spokeswoman Christine Gordillo said that a committee tasked with examining the dress code implemented the policy several years ago.
Safety, she said, was “a major concern.”
The decision to reverse the policy would be left up to the board of education, she said.
In the meantime, the number of signatures on the petition continues to climb each day.
“Why are we so strict against dress code?” the letter to district officials asks. “In a classroom, when a student gets told to remove his/her hoodie, it is more distracting than the student actually wearing the hoodie (itself).”
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