Mesquite Students Feeling Shorted By Dress Code

By Carol Cavazos, CBS 11 News

MESQUITE (CBSDFW.COM) – Some North Texas students say they’re missing out on some of the most memorable moments of their senior year of high school. First homecoming, now the senior breakfast–and it’s all because of the dress code.

Some of the students at Mesquite High school call it too arbitrary.

Natasha Bayaro, one of the seniors, said, “A lot of girls would come in and ask, ‘Did they let you in with that?'”

Bayaro wore a sunny but sleeveless dress to the Senior Breakfast and passed the dress inspection.

Not De’Chara Moore who wore a dress with short, french cut sleeves. They were apparently too short for one administrator. Moore was told she could not attend the breakfast.

“This is something I would wear to church. We would wear this for church and figured it would be all right for school. But it wasn’t,” Moore said.

Mesquite ISD didn’t want girls exposing their shoulders.

So, Kristen Thomas pinned her jacket to her spaghetti strapped dress. But she wasn’t allowed in either since she could potentially un-pin it and take it off.

“She didn’t give me the alternative to go home and change or anything she just told me to go to class at 8:35,” Thomas said.

It may all seem a bit over the top until you hear about Natalie Martinez who was told to stuff her top into her sundress.

“They made me go to the restroom and put it inside,” Martinez said.

The faux pas was not theirs the district insisted.

They said, “The rules for attire for the breakfast were presented to students and staff several times prior to today.” Girls had most of the problems.

It was a close shave for the boys. Literally.

Those with stubble on their chins were handed straight razors and told to shave.

“Wish they had given me some shaving cream but other than that (it was okay),” Jerry Steel said with a shrug.

The next event is the Senior Picnic. The girls have already been warned not to wear shorts that are too short.


One Comment

  1. CL says:

    my son used to attend MISD and some of the clothing worn by students especially the females was downright provocative….
    skin tight hip hugger khakis and tight clingy tops
    the only problem i saw with the males was pants 2-3 sizes too large and sagging…..

    so if your on school property enforce the rules ALL THE TIME not just for special , select occassions

    1. Joe Greenwell says:

      So what? It must be the responsibilty of parents to guide their children in what to wear. If parents would do their jobs there would be no need for a “school” dress code.

      1. Larz Blackman says:

        That’s a tired cop-out, Joe. Yes, it’s primarily the responsibility of parents, but when they fail to perform their duties, it should not be impermissible for other authority figures to step up.

      2. RufusVonDufus says:

        Yea, you need to open your eyes and see what the mothers are wearing–or not wearing!

      3. janet says:

        Although I think the girl in the picture is dressed modestly, you do have a point in stating……”You should see what the mothers are wearing”. However, it falls more on the fathers to explain to their minor daughters “the obvious facts of life” regarding the distracting affect on work & study that promiscuous attire has on men. So, we have a country full of campuses where minors dress in a manner that sexually excites men and their fathers, pastors, and elders aren’t preventing it. Begs the question, “Why?”. These grown men are either afraid of minor girls or they sexually like what these minors are showing them and therefore do not want them to stop.

      4. Mom in TX says:

        Then there is the problem of kids changing after they have left the house. Also, some parents leave for work before school starts. Fortunately, I get to stay home, but my husband leaves for work at 7 and high schoolers don’t have to be to school until 9:15. Parents can monitor, but sometimes kids sneak around.

    2. Jarhead6981 says:

      @CL: Unfortunately, I must assert that a part of the problem can be seen in your retort. You are complaining about what your view is about how this school handles a dress code and yet it escapes you that talking about a school while you have no proper English nor grammar. MY assertion is to tell you to stop throwing stones in a glass house. No capital letters and one of the number one mis-spells today—your, you’re. “if your on school; property…..”, it should be “if you’re on school property…..”.

      And the next thing you’ll say is “big deal, you knew what I meant”. That is a cop out. In reality, you’re just lazy and most likely never graduated because it was too much work….you just decided to have kids….to heII with bringing them up right, just have kids.

      1. Todd Lashley says:

        WOW!!! What a scolding. Remember people, hit the spell check and make sure you use correct punctuation or else you might be scolded and insulted too.

      2. Sandra says:

        Thank you, Jarhead6981, for pointing this out. I have read so many posts, on so many sites, that are incomprehensible due to lack of punctuation and misspelled words. You cannot get your point across in English unless you can speak and write the language. In reality, when one does not use correct grammar, spelling and punctuation, readers DON’T know what was meant, and frequently we don’t even bother to read it..

      3. pajama momma says:

        ” you have no proper English nor grammar.”

        Properly written your sentence should have read, ” you have neither proper English nor grammar”.

      4. Eek says:

        Furthermore, English and grammar are generally not items which one “has”. English is, of course, a language that you may know or speak, but you wouldn’t say you “have” it. Grammar, of course, refers to the rules of the language, so you wouldn’t say you “have” grammar either.

        So, how about, “You neither speak (or write) proper English nor use proper grammar.”

      5. czar1122 says:

        Jarhead6981, regarding your post, corrections are in brackets and comments are in parenthesis. You are welcome.

        @CL: Unfortunately, I must assert that a part of the problem can be seen in your retort. You [complained] (he made his statement yesterday so it happened in the past) about how this school handle[d] [the or its] (there is only one dress code) dress code[,] [Y]et it escapes you that talking about a school while you have [neither] proper English nor grammar (this is an incomplete sentence). [S]top throwing stones in a glass house (I assume you attempted a variation of the phrase “People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones”) . No capital letters and the number one (there can be only one ‘number one’) [misspelling](technically not a misspelled word but an improper use of ‘your’ vs. you’re) today—your, you’re (this is a sentence fragment). “if your on school; (I assume this was a typographical error) property…..”, it should be “if you’re on school property…..”.
        The next thing you’ll say is “big deal, you knew what I meant”. That is a cop out. In reality, you’re just lazy and [probably] (‘most likely’ should be reserved for ranking possibilities, as in ‘most likely to succeed’) never graduated because it was too much work[.] You just decided to have kids[.] To heII with bringing them up right, just have kids[!]

        I probably missed a few corrections and may have made a few errors of my own because I don’t have an English degree like you do (I assumed you must have one given your “assertion”). But big deal, you knew what I meant.

      6. WuzYoungOnceToo says:

        ROFLMAO @ Jarhead6981. Brilliant! Take someone to task regarding their command of written English – and toss in the old “glass houses” bromide – while doing so via a post that is so poorly composed it makes you sound like a slow third grader.

      7. Rod Anders says:

        I agree about CL. Even Albret EInsteen cudn’t talk or spell gud. So we called him an “expert” anyway and l@@k at wut hapind. Now we has a atomic bomb and all dat stuff. We shud not have excepted him and we would be OK. Even Obama says if we don”t agree about Bin Laden then we need to have our head examined.

      8. Not_Nazi_Germany says:

        Jarhead, the rest of the world doesn’t wear a uniform…go back to the desert where you can kill all the children you want…fascist.

      9. Ouch says:

        Oh, the irony- I love it when one who has little understanding of English-language grammar rules criticises another. Time for some remedial grammar training for you jarhead.

      10. Alyssa Skiba says:

        Why would someone’s English effect the fact that schools ARE being too unruly when it comes to dress code? This is stupid of you. Just because someone cannot spell what they say doesn’t make them wrong. Les droit de les ecoles est trop mechant. If I write it in French, it makes it no less true. Stop pretending you speaking makes you a better person. Hitler was a great artist. You thought you knew English. Listen to peoples’ points instead of using fluff arguements or don’t talk at all.

      11. julie says:

        OK People, this is or was about the dress code, not correct grammar nor spelling, which at times we are guilty of. My kids are always laughing about the family’s extensive vocabulary. I have tried to instill a sense of self respect in the children so they can make the correct choices. But the best thing that they have learned is, “Life ain’t fair, get use to it!” “Pick you battles”, and “Is really a hill you want to die on?” If you have been told what is acceptable and then decide that you don’t have to follow the rules, then you must live with the outcome. Some people can get passed the gate, while others can not, well, Life ain’t fair.

    3. JMalm says:

      Why would you have a problem with “hip hugger” pants for women? There was only a brief period during the early 90s where that wasn’t in style for women.

      1. Joe says:

        They are not WOMEN. They are teen-age school-girls. WOMEN do not attend high school.


      2. Frank Bob says:

        Most high school senior females are 18 and hence women.

      3. Skinner says:

        There is a difference between an American 18 year old in highschool and a woman

      4. Tommy R says:

        One part of being a woman is knowing how to dress like one.

      5. I Agree says:

        One word: Burkas.

      6. Alyssa Skiba says:

        Joe- They are women. Young women, but women all the same. Jmalm- I agree. As long as I cannot literally see what should only be seen in the bedroom through clothes, who cares? I think those stupid leggings worn as pants are god-awful, but jeans are fine. Oh, and Joe. School uniforms? When guys think of ‘Japanese School Girls’ they’re in uniforms. Girls can be sex symbols in almost anything, especially around teenage boys. Duh?

      7. Ang says:

        Most girls in high school are not 18. Maybe a handfull of seniors… what about the 14,15,16, and 17 year olds? They are there to for an education not a fashion show.

      8. Alyssa Skiba says:

        Dress codes are necessary, but some go to far. It’s ridiculous that they don’t allow girls to wear tank tops. Oh, no! A bare shoulder. When do girls wear tank tops? Summer. For comfort. I’m sure you wear less clothes in the summer like most normal people. These girls were asked to dress nicely. They wore dresses. I want you to go to a junior section in a store and find a dress that is not hideous and has sleeves. Go ahead and try. So when these girls put a sweater over that and were still sent home, they were being treated unfairly. You say these girls aren’t there for a fashion show, but they are trying to assimilate which is an important part of teen psychology. Clothing is a part of a person where they can show individuality, where they can show where they fit in high school. Adults many times forget their own high school years and just robotically repeat, “There to learn. There to learn.” No, high school is about becoming a well-rounded individual. They teach you and you try to become more active in after-school activities, peer groups, and other social situations. You’re not just there to learn. So try and think back to your school years. If all a store sold was sleeveless dresses, would you be upset if you put a sweater on and covered your shoulders and still got penalized?

    4. Pine says:

      My daughter used to attend la /Cueva High School in Albuquerque Nm and I was totally shocked to see the young girls showing their butts off in short shorts and no indeis and very low low cut tops were most of their bosums were out and their clothing were cut out all over, it looked like i walked in a strip club not a high school. The boys walked around in pants hanging own with their underwear showing. i was disgusted and went to find the dress code and these kids are not following that code nor is it being enforced. What is going on/ parents control yyour kids>

      1. Frank Bob says:

        Your post was almost completely incomprehensible due to its horrendous spelling and grammar. That you seem more concerned about the dress of nearly all adult high school seniors, than the complete ignorance of communicating in poor English, is to me, extremely offensive.

        Our schools need to worry about actually doing their job of teaching substance before they have any place policing style.

      2. RufusVonDufus says:

        Frank Bob, I take it you are also known as Idiot Robert, the Local Moron. You are all of that and more.

    5. Wendy Weinbaum says:

      Good point, CL. By the way, I can guarentee that they did NOT give straight razors to the boys to shave. Disposable safety razors, yes. Don’t forget, school is a place that even bans PICTURES of knives and guns! LOL.

    6. epk says:

      This must be a southern state problem Here in Minneapolis MN, the clothing is fine. You try this type of dictator garbage here, the ACLU will take the school system to court. Guys shaving closer-forget it. Everyone from Ab Lincoln to Jesus had a beard. Moxie up, bible belt area.

      1. Alyssa Skiba says:


    7. Paul says:

      It reflects widespread psychological problems suffered by a lot of people when they get so uptight about what people wear. Who cares? In primitive times, everyone often walked around nude. We should return to those days.

      1. Skinner says:

        In “primitive times” when ever that was, natural selection would have weeded you out.

      2. Alyssa Skiba says:

        Americans are one of the very few countries so uptight about nudity. Go to Europe. Look around. They have nudity in advertisements. And if you lived in parts of Africa or any country like that, nudity would be so common you wouldn’t notice if the girl next to you was wearing a shirt or not. Natural selection didn’t weed out Africans. Stupid comment really.

    8. BigBoa says:

      Absolutely correct……

      And instead of FIGHTING them, the parents should SUPPORT their actions….. stop spoiling your f’in children…..

    9. john says:

      im just going to go to school nude i came into the world nude…

    10. ken says:

      just go to school nude thats how you were brought into this world

    11. Trainwreck says:

      When I was in highschool I used to get so turned on by seeing a girls shoulders, and oh man when their dresses came above the knee I just about lost it and fell into a hormone induced psychosis which caused me to attack everything in sight with two legs, you name it tables, chairs, other students, I just couldn’t be controlled. What is this the fifies what do they think is going to happen? While I can’t condone hot pants and tube tops in a high school, it’s naive of these people to think that their 17 and 18 year old children (yes legally an ADULT in the good old USA) doesn’t know or understand what sex is or is interested in it for that matter. Besides thanks to the interweb corrupting our sweet sweet innocent 18 year old children they have probably even seen the opposite sexes physical attributes…OH THE TRAVESTY!!!!

      1. Stroganovsky says:

        “I just about lost it and fell into a hormone induced psychosis which caused me to attack everything in sight with two legs, you name it tables. . .”

        Yep, you sound like the kind of guy who would molest a two-legged table.

    12. He_Saves says:

      Burkas are next…answer the call to Allah!

    13. Jim says:

      When you throw out God’s law, you invent your own by stabbing at this one and that one but end up confused and wrong. We must look to THE standard of right and wrong and we haven’t for a very long time. Look around. What do you see? I see a nation falling apart with only the intense judgement of God to look forward to. His judgement will fall….VERY SOON

    14. Jbug says:

      are you crazy? have you had a dress code before? they are VERY restricting and dumb!

  2. lazarusbrands says:

    Hmmm… sounds like Mesquite is taking cues from the City of Feakin’ Bigots (ooops… I mean the City of Farmers Branch)!!!

  3. skeeter says:

    ok i attend mesquite high school and am a senior that attended the breakfast this morning, first of all BIG WHOOOP that you missed senior breakfast, it wasn’t that important. second, while i don’t agree with the guidelines given for our dress code… the point of being a student (or a worker in the real world) is to follow what they tell you to do. THEY MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENTS AND IT WAS ALL OVER FACEBOOK ON WHAT TO WEAR! people just want to push the boundaries. everyone who followed directions is sick of getting on the news for this dumb stuff.

    1. Wade-In says:

      Well-Done, Skeeter, Your writing seems to be far above your age. All organizations have dress codes. Violate the dress code, and you are “asked” to leave, be it a honky-tonk bar or a a work-place.

    2. Eric P Turner says:

      just keep giving your rights away kid and by the time your my age you wont be able to do anything that you want when you want, your generation better wise up soon and pay attention to whats going on around you , no pressure but you and your peers will some day run this mess learn from what you are seeing now and get a clue.

      1. Tom says:

        You must live in some other country that lets you do what you want when you want…

      2. RaulJones says:

        Eric, we had a dress code when *I* was a senior…in the 70s. That has *nothing* to do with rights. But I reckon you’re just one of those idiot redneck conspiracy theorists who think the entire world is under the spell of witches & warlocks. No wonder the aliens are gonna wipe us out on 12/21/2012.


    3. Arby says:

      And there you have it folks, a prime example of the dumbing-down of America! Let’s train our kids to be good little corporate drones instead of educating them to be critical thinkers. Let’s train them to “follow what they tell you to do” and never question authority, how well reasoned said authority is or how arbitrary said authority acts/reacts.

      1. John says:

        You can question authority without being provocitive or breaking the rules. Breaking rules has consiquences. Determining what rules you wish to break to make a point needs to be thought out carefully. The dress rule for the breakfeast does not seem like one of those times to fight for the (perceived) right to dress any way you wish everyplace you go.

        Why do people think they have a right to dress any way they wish? Schools, Government building or property, and of course Private companies all have the right to require a certain level of decorm.

  4. dobbie says:

    Should be no dress code in public schools;you’re only young once;you want dress codes” Send your squids to Private Schools..geez..

    1. Wade-In says:

      Let’s reason this out, dobbie. Would showing up naked be okay? If you say no, then you would have to admit that there has to be some kind of dress code in place. That dress code is decided by the voters in Mesquite and the courts if some person/ persons files/file a civil suit. Tomorrow, dobbie, go to work half-naked and see how long you last.. If you don’t like dress codes, dobie, find a Fourth or Fifth World country where—–Oh even there, they have dress codes. Sorry, dobie, you’re going to have to leave the planet to find a place that does not have dress codes.

      1. Alyssa Skiba says:

        African tribe. No dress codes. Ha.

    2. Woody says:

      That’s right, no standards for public education! Hurahhh! Ignoramus!!!

      1. Todd Lashley says:


    3. MrsFudd says:

      Either you are not a parent, or you don’t care if your daughter looks like a trollop or your son looks like a gang b@nger. Kids have no modest or self respect today because parents are too stupid or ignorant to teach these important values to their kids. You want kids to have good self esteem? Teach them to respect themselves and not dress like they are on their way to a pole dancing competition or a major drug deal. DUH

      1. Sally says:

        Amen. I remember when I was in high school we had to kneel on the floor and if our skirt hem( no slacks, never mind jeans)didn’t touch the floor, we were sent home to change.
        Those were the days when dress codes were in place and guess what?
        There was respect for authority and a sense of decency on schools.

      2. Alyssa Skiba says:

        Why is it that every parent believes that their daughters will pole dance? Dude, no one wants to become a stripper. Dressing provocative does not lead to stripping. Bad life choices, drugs, babies, bills, lack of jobs, a down economy, and occasionally a really expensive college tuition lead to stripping. Sally: When were you in school? Unless it was at a private school, it can’t have been the eighties or the seventies. Maybe the sixties when there was a huge drug movement? When the students were protesting for civil and feminist rights? That respect for authority? Or maybe the fifties, when there was rampant depression and divorce rates because people were sick of living lies?

    4. Tom says:

      YEAH! They should all go to school in anything ranging from a parka to a thong only! Why have standards?! If little Billy, or Nancy wants to go to school nude, well why not?

      Do you see how stupid a “no dress code” policy would be?

      1. Marketing Opportunity says:

        How about a “Thong-Parka”? A “Pong”? Or maybe a “Tharka”?

    5. Rational says:

      Schools, in loco parentis, have the right–and the responsibility–to establish dress codes. Based upon what they deem general community standards, and the rules of decorum, they set guidelines for the general orderliness of school culture. It is not too much for this school to enforce a little modesty in these hypersexual times. School has become so social, and so filled with sex and drama, that there is little room for academics any more. The kids seem to think school is their social vacation-land, and in their hormone-driven narcissism think anything goes. And we wonder why our public school performance is inferior to the rest of the civilized world? One reason is that too many kids come to school to socialize and hook up.

  5. Hope says:

    Bottom line is High School is suppose to get these teenagers ready for the real world that awaits them. No matter how much we don’t like something we have to face the fact that there are rules everywhere and we have to follow them, like it or not. As parents we have to remember these kids will be out there in this world in a few weeks and if they don’t learn to follow the rules then they will not make it out there. Being a responsible adult also includes listening, reading and following directions, not doing what you want to do and thinking you will get away with it. Parents its time to let them spread their wings and learn from the choices they make. They have to learn what being an adult means.

    1. Alyssa Skiba says:

      Um, in the eighties kid’s wore their hair so high in added inches and girl’s wore so much hairspray they were a fire hazard. Very few continued to do that in the ‘real world.’ I don’t see anyone still wearing that style, do you?

  6. Ron from Amarillo says:

    Young people today try to push the limits every chance they get. I have grandchildren now so you might have an idea how old this dinosaur is. When we went to a special function at school it was a ‘privilage’ to be able to have clean ironed clothes with no holes or tears and a good pair of worn shoes to wear.I remember letting a buddy borrow a nice shirt because they didn’t own one. Some teens these day are so ungrateful for what they have. Some will spread thier wings and drop to the dirt in a puff. They’re SPOILED and need a reality check.

  7. Euro says:

    Dresses and shaving…? Aren’t the women supposed to wear burkhas and the men let their beards grow? No wait, that was the other Taliban! Well, now that Osama is gone, maybe we can spare some Navy Seals for a quick raid to restore civil rights to Texas. Chances are it will take longer here than it has in Afghanistan to teach these dope kids that NO, you don’t have to obey every “rule” these bigots see fit to conjure up.

    1. callen says:

      Well said. There is NO difference between the school’s policy and the Taliban’s.

      1. cmc says:

        Except thse people were asked to just leave the event and weren’t imprisoned and later stoned to death.

    2. shawn says:

      wow your pretty dense, lets throw more fuel on the fire so to speak by telling this mostly worthless generation that the rules dont apply to them.. great, im just glad the world will be ending soon so all these morons are killed…

    3. simplify says:

      So everyone who makes a rule and expects a certain kind of behavior from students is a “bigot”? How about expecting a certain kind of behavior from adults? Is that “bigoted”, too? I would love to have your life if you can do anything you want whenever you want to do it and have no consequences for your actions. Or if I can’t have your life, I would at least like to visit your planet.

    4. C. Vegas says:

      So by your comparison, any restaurant that requires a coat and tie, is equal to the Taliban. Any nightclub that requires a collared shirt tucked in with a belt is also a violation of our civil rights. Any business that requires a shirt and shoes is bigoted. Grow up! Dress codes are common place and common sense. It’s really pathetic how the anarchists come out of the woods on such stupid issues.

      1. Julie Cochrane says:

        Public school is nothing like the real world. In the real world, you can take your business to a restaurant whose dress code fits your likes and dislikes. In the real world, the only place you absolutely have to dress to someone else’s standards is a court of law.

        Yes, businesses have dress codes, but you can choose what you do for a living, including choosing a career where the customary attire fits whatever it is you like.

        In real life, adults can get away from most of the BS we were stuck with in high school.

        If you live with dumb rules hemming your every move in in life, it’s because you like it that way or are willing to tolerate it. Other grownups who don’t and aren’t have other choices.

    5. Alyssa Skiba says:

      Euro: like

  8. Amanda Burnett says:

    I am a parent, all schools have some sort of dress code and or uniform policy. If your a girl and you wear a dress make sure it comes to the knee and has sleves. School policy on this is that they are trying to keep girls from showing off bra straps and or the bra itself. The high school my children attend say that the dress code policy is to deter from gang affliations and to not distract students from learning. The only problem with that statement is my children like most high school kids aren’t recieving and adequate education because we are far behind than school around the world. School officials are too busy telling the students what they can or can not wear that they dont realize that the gang members just assimilate and look like regular people and recuit and sell drugs without being stopped. As for being provacative, it can deter a classroom only from the teacher’s perpective since over the years we have seen time and time again that teacher/student relationship get blurry because of inapropriate behavior. So to settle this wear plain tshirts and jeans without holes in them, put a belt on guys nobody wants to your underwear and or your backside. Sit down and learn something, school is not a popularity quest or social network. Your role of the student is to learn so that you will be able to fix the mess that your predecessors have left of the world.

  9. willemaket says:

    Jesus grow the hell up!. Its seems to me were the same judgemental people who have learned nothing from the past because we still judge people from the way they look how they dress and their color of their skin.

    1. Sharon Wilson Pope says:

      No where in this article does it judge someone by the way they look, dress or their skin color. The article was about whether or not their choice of dress was within the guidelines set by the school officials for this particular event. Did you even read the article before commenting?

    2. NotALibertarian says:

      What an irrational tirade.

    3. pupppy_power says:

      YEAH! Damn racists, wanting everybody to dress all white and decent-like! To HELL with them!

  10. Stella Hodges says:

    When I was younger and dressed myself for school. I remember my mom saying,”Stella you are NOT wearing that”. Go put on somthing deasant. When the parents start raising thier children again instead of the children raising the parents this would not happen. No uniforms should be allowed or required to be worn in school. The dress code should be mimimal. send the child home once or twice and they will learn. The way a child dresses builds or showes character,

    1. Joe says:

      You might need to go back to school. You can’t spell something decent.

      1. Stella Hodges says:

        I can spell Something Decent, I guess I just had a momentary FAT FINGER. Hope you are the Saint that has never made a mistake, to correct me in public forum this way.

    2. shawn says:

      lol you mean back when parents actually parented LOL. people dont do that anymore.

  11. shawn bashelor says:

    That is a good thing for this generation to have. All school districts should have a dress code, because this is protecting our children and seeing them safe from others who seek to harm them on the way they that they are dressed. To see these young ladies dressed like hoochie mommas reallly sadden me because they are starving for some kind of attention and the skanky look is what grabs attention from the hormone crazed guys. And guys, do you know where sagging originated from? No one wants to see what the good Lord gave you.
    Let’s keep it clean while in school to get your education, and when you are older you can dress anyway you want to.

    1. Frank Bob says:

      Given the state of test scores and student competencies, perhaps we should spend less time worrying about whether a shoulder is bare or not, and instead focus our efforts on actually teaching our children the skills they need to succeed. Judging by the awful grammar and spelling of self-professed parents in this comment section alone, rudimentary skills are severely lacking.

  12. TexasEdNeedsImprovement says:

    It must be may – time for the annual Mesquite ISD dress code story.

  13. FedUpTxn says:

    The dress code is set. Students decide to push it, then look to blame someone else for their bad decisions. My daughter got caught doing this twice. I told her not to wear the offending top again. She insisted she would with a jacket over it. I told her no again, but she continued to insist. The top went in the trash. Every child, particularly teens have to be shown that rules are rules. PERIOD! You break the rules and there is a consequence. It was YOUR decision and nothing else that caused you to miss “memorable” senkior moments. Stop whining about it!

    1. Frank Bob says:

      Why the emphasis on such a restrictive dress code. Seems that we are more concerned about inconsistent and seemingly arbitrary dress rules as opposed to actual skills and competencies.

      Until our children are not just meeting, but exceeding the skills of comparable children from most developed global nations, I think we should worry more about the education and less on the size of a shoulder strap.

      Mindless rules do not beget progress and innovation does not arise from unquestioning adherence to authority. Rather, critical questioning is the root of development, and something a stupid dress code does not establish. The most American of ideals — entrepreneurship, sure doesn’t seem to be much supported here.

  14. oldman68 says:

    how could the outfits be too “racy” for breakfast but ok for regular class?should have been sent home if it was not up to code.Do they have different codes to follow? One for breakfast and one for school.Couldn’t be they didn’t want to l;ose their per diem for the students?What hypocrits

    1. Joe Greenwell says:

      School sponser event dress code. Hmmmm what about all those “school sponsered” athletic events where dress code goes out the window. This is just blah blah blah. Public schools are a failure this is just another example.

    2. Melanie says:

      That was my first thought. Okay for school but not for senior breakfast? You have thumpers (religious fanatics, we have a bunch here in GA too) in the school administration in Texas? Sounds like the decisions for dress were totally random and subjective. Private school is the way to go.

  15. Elmer says:

    “Straight razors “, no way. Give me a break! Carol you don’t know what a straight razor is.

  16. A Parent says:

    Mesquite should worry about educating their students and prepare them for college not enforcing a dress code some of the time

  17. donna says:

    Mesquite is VERY Strict. When my Grand Daughter was in 1st grade I got a call to come up to the School,because they said too much of her Shoulders were showing .I had to go Home and get her a change of clothes.

  18. L says:

    “The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all; it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed a standard citizenry, to put down dissent and originality” ~ H. L. Mencken

    1. Frank Bob says:

      Nice citation!

  19. Chrystin says:

    My spouse is a bus driver for MISD. He was a professional person who managed a $12 million advertising budget and a branch office in his prior work career. He has told me repeatedly how disgusted he is with the appearance of other bus drivers who do not follow the school code of tucked in shirts,etc., and are sloppy both in their dress and their work habits.. His opinion is that if the adults can’t model for the students what is expected at a business (they’re all in business–the adults to teach and model and the students to learn), they have no business working for a school district.

  20. billy says:

    I went to mesquite and I think the dress code is needed now for sure!!!!!!!

  21. don benningfield says:

    All I want to know is can they all speak Enlish when they graduate and are they smart enough to get a job or get into college by passing the exams without cheat sheets or tutoring. In a few years this event will not be important but your ability to make it in the real world will.

  22. LB says:

    From what I have seen in these comments (words misspelled or misused), I think we should be more worried about what the schools are teaching than what the students are wearing…

    1. 2sister says:

      Sometimes what they are wearing can affect their learning and the learning of others around them if it is a distraction. Anyway, both issues are important.

      1. Frank Bob says:

        Sorry, but agree with LB. If you look at the dress on most of the finest university campuses, it does not even compare to the loosest of public high school dress codes — yet, I doubt many would question whether their ability to learn has been impaired.

        We should focus on skills and competencies not breadth of shoulder straps.

      2. Amateur Gynecologist says:

        They’re learnin’ ’bout yo’ ASS

      3. Alyssa Skiba says:

        I’m sorry but when was the last time a girls bare shoulders distracted you from math. Besides people are facing the teacher in most situations, not the hot girl next to them. When are you distracted to the point you don’t learn? 2sister this has always been a ludicrous argument. anything can be a distraction. My high school used to force lanyards with id’s and kids would play with them all class period. It depends on the kid not the dress code. Sure, some restriction should be in place but the shoulder rule is stupid. and it is selective. Completely. Certain girls get away with it all during high school while others get slammed the first time. I was one of the girls that got away with it. Others couldn’t get past it at all.

  23. tj says:

    Just a bunch of old ass people who can’t get with the times. People always push boundaries if they didn’t we wouldn’t be where we are today. Who cares. I don’t get the problem. Why can’t a girl wear shorts? It’s not like their vagina is hanging out or something. Jesus Christ.

  24. Ann1938 says:

    Why doesn’t the school district just vote to have school uniforms, and that will solve the problem. i taught in the Richardson schools for years and there are school buildings within that district that have the students wear uniforms. I think DISD has some schools that demand their students wear uniforms, also. Mesquite ISD always seems to have some issue with clothing, hair length, etc.

    1. 2sister says:

      I think wearing uniforms is an excellent idea, but I believe it is sometimes hard to develop and enforce such a policy. I also think it is sometimes hard to get a uniform vote in to a district. I think, in most cases, the parents have to vote that in. If the parents don’t agree to it, then it probably isn’t going to happen. Also, they have to come up with colors for uniforms and the colors can’t be gang related. Then you have the problem of what will satisfy the uniform rules. For example, do the kids have to buy the uniforms from a specific store or can they get them at Walmart, etc? If they have to get them from a specific store, what do you do about kids who can’t afford those uniforms? It isn’t just as simple as voting it in. The district probably has to look at many variables.

  25. 2sister says:

    Oops I meant voted into a district. I didn’t catch it before I hit submit.

    It sure is hard to read what you are posting, because it’s grayed out before you hits submit.

  26. pozmc says:

    I am a senior at MHS and I was turned away from the Senior Breakfast. I wore my Easter dress that has two inch straps with a long-sleeved jacket over it. The dress went to my knees and my cleavage was completely covered, and I can assure you that I looked very modest, my dress was picked out by my very conservative grandmother. Yes, our school made an announcement about wearing dresses with jackets. However they did so the day before the event, when many of the seniors were off campus taking an AP test, including myself. I only knew about the announcement because one of my teachers told me about it when I came back to campus the same day. The announcement said not to wear strapless or “strappy” dresses under jackets… so I am sure that every girl who heard this announcement took “strappy” as spaghetti-strap type dresses, as I did. I did not make a big deal out of being turned away, I simply changed into another dress that I lucky had on hand from a previous occasion. Those of you who think that these girls who got turned away were pushing the limits and trying to get away with wearing their “skimpy” dresses have obviously not been very well informed of what they were wearing or the dress code that was given. I assure you, seeing as I was there, that the people I saw that were turned away looked very nice, as well as myself. Even our Valedictorian (a very respectable, conservative individual) was not allowed in.

  27. pozmc says:

    I also want to add that while girls were turned away for not having sleeves, other girls were let in, despite how short their dresses were or the amount of cleavage they were showing. I even recall seeing one girl in the restroom while I was changing that looked perfectly fine but had been turned away. After being let into the breakfast, I watched her walk in with a new dress (one with long sleeves) that barely covered her bottom. In other words, it was like a slap in the face that they cared more about our exposed shoulders (oh how sexy) as opposed to our exposed legs and breasts. Disappointing.

  28. pozmc says:

    Furthermore, (sorry for those of you who are sick of me) those of you who are talking about how MHS needs a uniform must not be aware that our school does have a uniform dress code, khaki’s with polos. The dress code goes more in depth that just that, but we were also not allowed into the Senior Breakfast if we were wearing our school uniform, we had to be dressed up in what was was considered our “Sunday Best”, (which was printed on our invitations).

    1. Jeri Smitt says:

      Why did you “happen” to have another dress on hand?

      1. Frank Bob says:

        With all the activities and events, students I knew usually had extra clothes in the lockers and/or cars. No conspiracy there.

  29. Sharon Wilson Pope says:

    What kills me is that this is news, both to the general public and to the students of MHS. These students have been in Mesquite schools long enough to know what will and will not fly when it comes to dressing “up”. Shoulders must be covered with at least 3 inches of cloth, no short dresses, no mid-riffs showing. As a parent of a NMHS senior, I don’t always agree with the district dress code policy, I do expect my daughters to adhere to it. My daughter’s Senior Breakfast will be held this week and I don’t expect her to try to get away with wearing a strapless or spaghetti strap dress, if she does choose to wear it then she’s just asking to be turned away at the door.

  30. Texas, lol says:

    I think American educators should worry about education.- They’ve got MORE Than enough problems just getting the basics accomplished.- and’s Texas, I’d move.

    1. Frank Bob says:

      Agreed. Other countries more focused on substance are passing our children by in the form of competencies, but hey, we in the US still have our stupid dress codes.

      A triumph of style over substance — well done!!

  31. Jamie says:

    The girl is this photo looked fairly conservative and nice. I don’t see what the problem is especially in hot weather. forcing!Our kids should be safe enough in school to wear a sun dress. maybe the teacher felt a little provoked by the kids looks or was jealous someone was looking at the student they were sleeping with this week., but its ok…they have tenure.

    1. Joe Greenwell says:

      OH Jamie you are so wrong. First teachers in Texas do not have tenure! It is a right to work state and teachers can be dismissed for nearly any reason. There are millions of teachers in the US and only a tiny fractions have inapproriate relationships with students. Course it is odd that a 16+ girl is mature enough to end a life through abortion but not enough to choose their partner. (that is another discussion). The problem is deeper in education, and that is an attempt by schools to “appear” to do something while failing in their basic and only responsibility to teach our children.

  32. fordpau says:

    It sounds like they are trying not to offend the muslims.

  33. denise says:

    I lived in the middle east as a young mother. It was acceptable to wear long shorts and a t shirt in public, but any showing of the shoulders or back was unacceptable.
    It is called sharia. Get used to it girls.

  34. Joe Greenwell says:

    As a retired teacher in Texas I’m not surprised by this story. Instead of evaluating themselves and taking stock of their failures they want to change the focus to the students. “Hey teacher leave those kids alone”! One of the biggest problems in schools are the “prince-a-pals” they really think they are princes and what they say regardless of validity is always right. We deny students the opportunity to learn from their experiences (i.e. dress, behavior, behavior) so when they leave school not only are their unprepared from an academic experience but also from personal decisions. Is it any wonder that they are not prepared for life after high school. I didn’t care what they wore just so long as they came to class.

  35. Bandi says:

    If by the real world you mean North Korea, then yeah, that’s what high school is getting them ready for.

    1. shawn says:

      we are at school to learn, hell this should apply all the way up into college, Im paying 10K a semester and I Cant focus because your boobs are hanging out the top of your shirt, and your skirt is so short i can see the manicuring done down there, I love to look at it but it is distracting, just like that all state commercial, these girls should be responsible for the problems they are causing.

      1. janet says:

        The girl in the article’s picture looked modest, but i agree with you that on many campuses, the girls dress as you say and have the distracting effect on men’s work/study Yes, the girls are personally responsible for how they negatively impact others. However, these minors also have a civilly recognized authorities—-their fathers. There are at least two types of fathers and for that matter pastors and church elders who purposefully do not prevent these minors from dressing provocatively— 1) dads and pastors who like to see what these minors are showing them, and 2) dads and pastors who are whimps…… who are afraid of these girls.

  36. DK says:

    Now all we need is to get big fat slob first lady to cover up her fat, punching bag arms and shoulders as well!!!!!!!!!

    1. shawn says:

      dont say that to just women, obese people in general shouldn’t be allowed out in public, good to know most dont get around much LOL LOL… nothing makes me more disgusted that someone who obviously has no self control at all…

  37. PreacherMan says:

    EXCELLENT! Finally the school officials are getting their heads out of their butts and enforcing dress code. Read and heed the word of our Lord Christ Jesus; blessed is the woman who conducts herself with MODESTY!

    Schools would do well to impress the notion of covering up and being modest on the young ones. Well done Mesquite ISD!

    1. Frank Bob says:

      Um, last time I checked, religion is not permitted in public school. If you believe in “modesty” and want to teach your children values you deem important, than so be it. But there is no room for the imposition of your values on others in public school.

      Further, until schools can demonstrate that their students’ competencies are exceeding those of most all children globally, I believe they should be worrying more about teaching substance and less about policing shoulders.

  38. Jon says:

    Public schools these days are all about sex and ho’ing. That’s why the kids don’t learn anything and are destined for lives of ho’ing around.

  39. NotALibertarian says:

    It would be nice if everyone would stop pretending they do not understand that the school had no choice but to refuse entry to girls with sundresses & jackets/sweaters — no matter how modest — because of disrespectful girls who have undoubtedly removed the jackets in the past.

    All these bemused children should thank their baby-boomer parents for creating a society where well-intentioned schools are forced to do something like this just to get the student body to look respectable. Good for the school.

    1. Frank Bob says:

      Then police the action, not the item. Isn’t that what we insist upon with gun laws?

    2. Robert G says:

      The school system should be sued into oblivion.
      These dress codes shouldn’t exist in the first place.

  40. Hank Warren says:

    This is all about limiting Free Speech. After all, censorship is everywhere. The gov’t (and their big business cronies) censor free speech, shut down dissent and ban the book “America Deceived II”. Free speech for all.
    Last link (before Google Books bans it also]:

    1. NotALibertarian says:

      Are you joking?

      The school is trying to teach these unfortunate girls that they shouldn’t walk around showing their bra straps and cleavage and you say it’s about free speech? They’re trying to teach these kids things their hippy-fied parents do not understand.

      I hope the school had a “no flipflops” rule for these formal events too.

    2. Quilter77 says:

      Give me a break. It has nothing to do with free speech. It has everything to do with kids looking like they are sloppy low lifes or trollops. You must not have kids. There is no way on God’s green earth I would like my daughter go out in public with her pants slung around her hips so her rear end sticks out, had cleavage popping out all over, and looked like she was on her way to a strip club. There is no way I’d let my son outside with his pants so low that you saw more of his boxers than you did his pants. I have taught my kids to be modest in their dress. Now that they are adults, they have great self respect because they don’t look like idiots like a lot of teens do today. It is a parent’s job to teach kids to be modest, to have respect in yourself, and to be proud of the way you look.

  41. jason says:

    I’m constantly surprised as to what girls are allowed to get away with clothes-wise in our modern liberal society. Whereas men are often compelled to dress conservatively, women are often allowed to get away with wearing very little. You often see this in nightclubs and bars where women are allowed to enter wearing skimpy clothing but men are required to wear a shirt and trousers that cover their entire bodies.

    Perhaps a case can be made that women have exploited this double standard. In my view, if a woman wants equality she should be required to dress to the same level of modesty as men.

  42. maudie says:

    “This is something I would wear to church.” I’m sure it is. Maybe you should focus more on why you’re there and less on exposing yourself. But, when your mama is making eyes at the married preacher in her short skirt exposing her fat thighs and stretch marked breasts, what would we expect.

  43. JMalm says:

    This is what happens when conservative extremists control a school.

  44. zef says:

    Getting closer to Islam and sharia law than you think.

  45. A person is smart - people are idiots says:

    No shoes, no shirt, no service. Isn’t that a dress code? We all see that one most every day.

    I was a product of the MISD. I raised three kids through the MISD. Never had much of a problem with dress code or the hair code because apparently we followed the rules. These kids absolutely know what the rules are, there is a dress/hair code to follow every school day. It didn’t change for this one day and isn’t anything new. There is no such fairy tale land where “the rules don’t apply to me!”. They just got caught out of code on senior breakfast day. Kids get sent home everyday because of this stuff. It’s just now that it’s being sensationalized by the media that it’s an issue. There are rules for us to follow 24/7. Maybe it’s better the kids learn this when the consequences aren’t so dire.

    Opinions are like a-holes, everybody has one and most of them stink.

  46. Jim C says:

    You know what? LET these students flaunt the rules and dress as they wish. When they go to apply for a job, they won’t get one or will be rapidly shown the door for not following the rules. Let them reap what they sow…

  47. Ron Stone says:

    Idiots taking “in loco parentis” entirely too literally.

  48. Chad says:

    If this is a public school I think it is out of bounds. As one of the girls in the story mentioned she was wearing something tasteful that she would have worn to church. She should contact the ACLU and see if they will support her consttitutional rights. If not she always has the right to file a law suit on her own behalf with the court. It is difficult going without a lawyer but it can be done at minimal cost.

    If it is a private school they can have whatever rules they like as long as those rules don’t break the law.

  49. JJ says:

    Backward a ss rednecks and then they send these kids out into the rest of America where we look at them like the freaks they are.

    This is why Texans end up back at home, they don’t fit in anywhere else.

    I got the hell out of Texas as fast as I could.

    1. Boby1 says:

      We are glad you left JJ. Having kids dress appropriately is absolutely within the rights of the school. Sorry that Texans want their kids to be moral and respectful and for their young women to learn that men should love them for who they are, not what they can offer.

    2. A person is smart - people are idiots says:

      Thank You JJ…..for increasing the IQ of Texas when you left!

    3. C. Vegas says:

      You’re so right…people who dress modestly really stick out as “freaks.” Thanks for leaving JJ, Texas doesn’t miss you!

  50. Responsible Teacher says:

    First it’s covering shoulders then it’s covering tits. When will this stop if it is allowed to continue? The march of fascism proceeds. Girls, resist! Expose your tatas loud and proud!

  51. Kelly says:

    But the guys can wear pants to their knees and show their underpants and that is okay? Or is it okay because its not the white kids doing it?

    1. A person is smart - people are idiots says:

      ??? Where did you get that ? There is a dress code.

  52. TBone says:

    On the other end of the spectrum is the high school where I teach in Georgia. I don’t think there is any dress code for students. They evidently can’t show enough flesh to satisfy administrators. I think we are going to change our school name to More Cleavage than Hooters.

  53. Kevin says:

    “Girls had most of the problems.”
    In the US and the West, girls are most of the problem. But just like their feminized male partners, they will soon realize that they WERE free, and now no longer are ….

  54. lukuj says:

    Unfortunately ,because of those who have no idea how to dress appropriately, all the students are suffering. They should blame those who have to let it all hang out, not the school district. I have personally been embarrassed by the dresses i saw high school girls wearing to a school banquet, and it seems that the girls who look the worst in them are most likely to wear them. If parents would do their jobs and keep their kids wearing clothes that are appropriate, then the school district wouldn’t have to do their job for them.

    1. Frank Bob says:

      Since the schools are doing such a great job with their own jobs already…ha.

  55. Ed says:

    ” But she wasn’t allowed in either since she could potentially un-pin it and take it off.”

    If the potential for removal is the criterion for school clothes, no one will be allowed in.

  56. Bob says:

    i have to say… some of you folks just astound me at your belief’s… 🙂
    this person said this
    “Larz Blackman

    That’s a tired cop-out, Joe. Yes, it’s primarily the responsibility of parents, but when they fail to perform their duties, it should not be impermissible for other authority figures to step up.”

    are you serious? ok lets look at this with another situation… these parents over here don’t fulfill their responsibility and teach their 9 year old kid that it’s wrong to smother their 9 month old baby … and you’re saying it should not be permissible for outside authorities to step in?
    if the parents won’t do their job someone has to. if the parents won’t teach the kids how to dress… throw the kids out of public school and tell the parents the kids can dress how ever the parent lets them as they home school them.

  57. JT says:

    Who cares? Wear what you want. Just a bunch of people concerned about the wrong stuff. Hope the ACLU takes this.

  58. Davidtoo says:

    What we really need is school uniforms for all students. It would elliminate these issues entirely and would save parents a HUGE amount of money.

  59. KM8392 says:

    This is so arbitrary. Why so strict on dress codes but not on test scores?

    1. Mathematician says:


  60. ziegler says:

    Gave the boys a straight razor? I am thinking the reporter needs to do a little research as I highly doubt they were giving a straight razor to teenagers and asking them to dry shave with it. It’s take a skilled barber to use a straight razor and not cut you…truly you cant even get a straight razor anymore without going to a weapons dealer as they are used primarily as a weaon in this day an age, or is texas still in the 1800’s?. More likely, they were given a safety razor.

  61. alanwillingham says:

    Isn’t it grand to continually learn what transpires in government run schools over the last several years? This tremendous Liberal Utopian experiment with the young, mush-minded human offspring, illustrates why all this government parenting is causing the entire culture to ever more quickly circle the drain

  62. Geardo says:

    Its very difficult to go halfway with something like this. All street clothes are a bit different and interpretations will vary from person to person even with the most strictly worded policy. it ends up being arbitrary, subjective and burdensome.

    If your school has a problem with student dress ask the students follow whatever you think appropriate. If this doesn’t work ask the parents.

    If its still a problem implement a uniform.

  63. abby says:

    the dress code for non uniform events was pretty strict and specific at my private school, but they were never this wacky about enfocring it…..

  64. jake says:

    I am in high school and I love it. It can be very distracting having people come to school dressed inappropriately. If you want a free public education you must also respect other’s rights to have an environment conducive to learning. Wearing sleeves never hurt anyone.

    1. Bill says:

      I enjoyed being distracted in high school. In fact that was the best part…lol

      Let’s try to remember that there is only one chance to grow up.

  65. Limited Govt says:

    These teachers have alot of time on thier hands. Guess we haven’t fired enough yet.

  66. Chuck Curry says:

    Goofy conservative religious influence subjugating free people for centuries. Long before the Taliban, goofy Texas counties were banning liquor and telling women what to wear. Nothing new under the sun. Resist it by ignoring…and a side note kids, don’t look to High School functions as your memorable life experiences, you’ve got a lot more in front of you than behind you. Walk on and be free. Don’t take any sh** from hacks like these administrators. Nobody gives you rights, you must take them.

    1. MrsFudd says:

      So you have no problem with girls looking like trollops when they are under age? Do you let your daughter dress this way? Does it bother you to have men ogling your daughters like they are s*x candy? I saw a 15 year old girl at our local pool, wearing a bikini that had barely a yard of material covering this young woman’s private areas, and her parents were with her. Every guy from 12-65 was staring at her and you know darn well what they were thinking. This has nothing to do with conservatives, religion or taking away rights. It has to do with instilling self respect in our children, and having them look their age, not like some x-rated p*rn star. No wonder our kids are such a mess today, when parents don’t instill values like self respect, self control and modesty. God help us!

      1. Frank Bob says:

        Most high school seniors in May are 18 years old, not underage. Besides, never thought that a sundress and light sweater was the wardrobe of a porn star. What I find laughable is that you’re so uptight and prude, you can’t even bring yourself to actually type “sex” or “porn” in a serious discussion. Hate to see how you’d recommend censoring our children.

  67. Muslim says:

    Thanks Texas you are right, these girls need to wear the habib. We do not want to see any part of thier bodies. And who let them vote anyways? We are more alike than we think. North Texas here I come via Mexico, Thanks

    1. Mango says:

      Well, this is not Muslim Country. This is the United States of America and is still a free country, especially for those of us who were born and raised here! I agree that rules are needed and kids and adults should dress appropriately. However, no where in this country should anyone be forced to wear the habib.

      Muslim-You just enforced what a lot of true Amercians have been thinking: That muslim is not a religion, it;s a way of Government(Islam)and is not welcome in this country.

  68. Chuck Curry says:

    @ Jake,

    Nice comments. So a woman’s shoulder is a distraction how? Because you can’t control your own lust that you blame the person you lust after for distracting you? That’s a perverse ideology. It’s notable the level of respect for women some people have. After all, why is a woman’s shoulder distracting, but not, perhaps, her beautiful face? Maybe you weren’t looking at her face? She’s a person, not an object, Jake. Or maybe you would cover her face too if you had the chance. Hey, I hear there’s an opening in Al-Qaeda for kooky religious wingnut.

    1. A person is smart - people are idiots says:

      The issue is whether or not you follow a simple dress code not how much skin you are showing.

      The issue has nothing to do with the extremes, like a burka, porn star, or all of the al-queda refrences. The mere mention of such makes your comment insignificant.

      BTW what about all the senior girls who ate breakfast that day (probably a few hundred or so). Let’s pat them on the back for doing it right instead of sensationalizing the dozen or so who ignored the rules and are crying about it.

  69. us10610 says:

    Who’s event is it? If the school is hosting the event then the students can choose to either abide by the dress code or not attend the event. They better get used to it if they ever want to get into a descent restaurant

  70. Donald Pierson says:

    I remember when i went to school the teachers dressed for success. Today all teachers wear jeans and are more worried about being friends with the kids. If a dress or blouse is okay for church then it should pass school approval. But i have seen ladies and young girls in church that should have thought twice before leaving the house.

  71. essensiemicht says:

    We must train the slaves to accept authoritarian inspections from the state.

  72. MIkeyB says:

    I think that parents should be required to attend parenting school rather than schools becoming parents. THere’s a kid in our child’s school who wears a Mohawk haircut, and his parents who are unhappy with it shrug their shoulders as if they have no control over it. This is a very well-educated, but ultra-liberal, couple. Idiot liberals.

  73. MIkeyB says:

    I had a wonderful converstaion with my teenage daughter this past weekend about how short her dress was and how it would objectify her to many boys/men who might see her in it. She immediately changed her dress, not wanting to cheapen herself and hold herself out as a sexual object for some men to gawk at, some men to fantasize about getting into her panties, and for some to actually try.

    Many women are under the stupid mistaken impression that they have to pursuade a guy to have sex with them. It’s actually disuading them that’s the hard part.

    1. essensiemicht says:

      Maybe men like you are automatonic pigs who need to be dissuaded from an animalistic impulse to have sex with anything available but educated and refined men like myself are the furthest thing from this. Your seething hatred for men disgusts me.

    2. janet says:

      Glad you acted on your responsibility, but many minors today never have that conversation with their civilly recognized authority-their father, or their church recognized authority-pastors/elders. America is evidently full of men who are either whimps and therefore afraid of their daughters and don’t insist on modest attire, and/or full of fathers, pastors, and elders who don’t want their daughters to stop dressing provocatively because they sexually like what these minors are showing them. That being said, I thought the girl in the picture was dressed modestly.

  74. Frank Bob says:

    What’s wrong with a kid having a mohawk in high school? I saw a lot worse in Ivy League Universities. Adolescence is a time of self-discovery. So long as the kid isn’t hurting anyone, why does it matter?

    1. MIkeyB says:

      It only matters because the parents object to it but are unable to get him to get rid of it. That, and because the kid is flunking out of school and his hanging with the stupid kids; yes, I said it, “the stupid kids.”

      The liberal notion that as long as something doesn’t hurt anyone it’s ok is the problem with the US right now. This kid is on a bad track with no one there to guide him back. No telling where this is going to lead, but it’s not good. I suppose that if he ends up on Public Assistance because his drug addiction renders him unemplyable, that would be fine too, right? Right? Idiot.

      1. Frank Bob says:

        I think the issue here is correlation versus causation. Just because the mohawk correlates with “flunking out” or “hanging with the stupid kids” doesn’t mean that the mohawk causes this behavior. Examples abound of exemplary students who are dressed much radically than just a mohawk.

        Sounds like the problem with the kid is not the parent’s allowing him to have a mohawk, but rather, the parents not taking more action with respect to the behavior issues you cite.

        Frankly, I think your so-called “liberal notion” has nothing to do with the course of the US right now. The reason other countries are surpassing the US is not because of dress codes or mohawks, but test scores and competencies. Other countries stress substance over style, whereas the US has trended towards style over substance.

        Blaming problems on a so-called “liberal” mindset is just a scapegoat that ignores the real problems caused by both liberals and conservatives alike. That said the infusion of religious morality into public institutions by social conservatives doesn’t really help on this front either.

  75. John C says:

    It’s not shoulders but girls’ faces that need to be covered – like with a veil or even a burka.

    1. Mango says:

      No, that’s not going to happen in this country! This is not Islam or Muslim Country! This country is based on Christian values for a long time now. All the rules about everything are in the Bible(God’s words). Teenagers and adults should dress appropriately.

      1. Frank Bob says:

        You seem to miss the parallel. I think what the poster you are replying to is trying to point out, is that there is little difference between Islamic censorship/repression that you seem to decry, and the repressive religious morality you seem to want to impose.

        In many ways there are a lot of similarities between strict Islam and strict Christianity. Just calling it Christian, does not make the action any more tolerable or acceptable than the Islamic parallel.

  76. Nikolas says:

    12 years ago when I lived in Lufkin, the ISD fixed the problem. School uniforms.
    The requirements even specified, that expensive brands were not allowed. This had a tremendous impact on the amount of attention that was paid to the lessons being taught. Everyone was on the same playing level. The rich kids could not dress any better than the poor ones. You could not easily distinguish the freaks from the geeks, the tramps from the straightlaced.
    Lets face it, many students wear clothing specifically to draw attention to themselves. We found that between our 2 children, we saved about 40% in clothing costs in two years.
    I would like to see more school systems head down the same path…

  77. Farmer Bob says:

    Alexis de Tocqueville, that astute diagnostician of the American psyche, once observed that equality in all things between the sexes would inevitably lead to a society of “weak men and disorderly women.” People who hate America understand this quite well. It was the “feminists” who championed rampant licentiousness in the name of female freedom. They fully understand that this is the way to bring down a society. They also understand that this is the way to eliminate a society altogether. There is no better way to get rid of a
    people than to inspire them to kill their own babies as inconveniences and indulge in the joyless “freedom” of loveless sex. Fortunately feminism is a self-terminating disease. Feminist values are conducive only to societal suicide. The “misogynist” “Neanderthal” cultures have not forgotten how to reproduce. The West will soon be depopulated of its “rights”-espousing, animalistic sex maniacs; and seventh century, third world orderliness will be established across our lands, thus demonstrating once again that God is always right, or — if you prefer — nature is self-correcting. Now if you young ladies and gentlemen would refrain for a moment from trying to turn your places of substandard education into teeny-bopper brothels and read a little history, you’d know all this.

    1. MIkeyB says:

      Great post, Farmer Bob.

  78. Pat says:

    Quit whining and just wear the veil. That’s what they want, anyway.

    1. C. Vegas says:

      You can keep changing your “name” and posting ridiculous comments that attempt to equate a school dress code with Muslim oppression, but none of us are buying it. Give up and go away.

  79. Bob says:

    This is just one step closer to requiring them to requiring their burqa be on in public.

    1. C. Vegas says:

      Bob, AKA “Pat”, “Muslim,” etc…throughout the entire page.

  80. CRC says:

    “So, Kristen Thomas pinned her jacket to her spaghetti strapped dress. But she wasn’t allowed in either since she could potentially un-pin it and take it off.”

    So with that reasoning no one should have been allowed in at all. What’s to stop anybody from taking any of their clothes off, no matter what it is. School policies are becoming a f@#cking joke.

  81. Bill says:

    So the Muslims dress their women in head-to-toe garments for modesty, and we (OK, not me, OTHER people) have a problem with that. This is only different in degree, not in principle.

    Exposed shoulders? OH MY! How risque! Gee, sure am glad someone’s making them cover up those horrible, naughty SHOULDERS!


    Bill in Spring TX

  82. Kbo says:

    This is what you get when parents find it ok to let a church driven no sexuality mentality infest the schools. Of course it only means that when these kids are older, they rebel and get into the far spectrum of sexuality instead of already having been exposed to the human condition before. It’s the “christian” thing to do….

    1. Frank Bob says:

      Interestingly yet unsurprisingly, the nations with the earliest and most extensive sex ed, almost always have the lowest levels of teen pregnancy and STDs. Although conservative parents think they are helping their kids by pushing abstinence only, sexual repression, restrictive dress codes, et cetera, they are only doing their children harm.

  83. Bill says:

    Did anyone even watch the video? Other than one of the girls being a little larger than her dress (yellow one) I saw nothing I thought was out of line. I graduated from a small school in 1974, and I didn’t see anything here that was any worse than what we wore. (by the way if I made any spelling errors, live with it)

  84. Alicia J says:

    So here is my question. One young lady was allowed in with a sleeveless dress on but the other two young ladies were denied access (one had a jacket-like top over her sundress and the other one had on dress with french style sleeveless and they said they could not show their shoulders). Now, how can that be?

  85. Mike says:

    How about this … you follow the rules of the school. if you don’t want to follow the rules for these EXTRA CURRICULAR activities, then don’t go. enough said.

  86. Fopperdiddle says:

    Mesquite is a wasteland. Hopefully this means a few less pregsicans. Considering how obese most of the kids are, it will at least cover up some of the armfat batwings these girls have, which I guess is a turn on to the boys doped up on big pharma psychotropics. Ah, stupid parents forcing the hand of the state in matter that they should be taking care of themselves.

  87. E says:

    What is so bad about the dress code. I don’t think they are asking anything unreasonable. I think it is respectful. Girls are dressing so provocative these days it doesn’t leave anything left to the imagination!

  88. Ella Beylin says:

    Big deal, they didn’t listen to the rules , that’s it? School policy to keep them descent, though I am not sure how the one in the yellow dress passed the code, you could see a part of her boob as she turns. Although our bodies are our own, we have an obligation to listen to rules set by the school you attend. If this was a private school they would get in trouble not just sent to class. Besides, if they can’t listen to school laws and guidelines, how will they listen to rules later? You don’t show up to a job interview wearing slacks, unless it fits the job you are applying for. I don’t feel bad for them at all. They should learn by now

  89. Joe says:

    They should be forced to wear Burkas. Isn’t that what looney tune Texans want?

    1. C. Vegas says:

      Joe, AKA Pat, AKA Muslim, AKA Bob…no one buys your stupid attempt to link a school dress code (AKA common sense) with Muslim oppression. Shockingly enough, the right to dress however you want (or not at all) is not enshrined in the Constitution. It’s one of the many, many issues, left to the State and local level government.

  90. Peggy R says:

    Our school had a uniform specified for students going into law enforcement, fire protection,or the military. Everyone looked the same. But, as in most schools we had problems with the pants hanging off their butts, pant leg cuffs tucked into shoes, etc. whatever it took to look a little different. The object was to be professional, like you would be expected to look while in the working world.

  91. Russell says:

    I thought the folks in Texas didn’t like Sharia Law, yet look how many support the School District’s version of Sharia law.

  92. CK says:

    I went to high school in the 70s. At my school, the code was pretty much business casual. No jeans, no t-shirts, shirts had to be tucked in, no sneakers, dresses had to be no more than 4″ above the knee, etc.

    The zoo that schools have become is ridiculous.

  93. Black Eagle says:

    Well, just when you get comfortable giving up liberalism for conservativism, they pull this kind of Puritanical nonsense. A pox on both the libs and conservs.

    1. C. Vegas says:

      I’m sure you grew up with a school dress code, and actually it’s a bipartisan issue. Most people want children to dress modestly and non extremist in their makeup, jewelry, or hairstyle. Sadly for you, you have probably also experienced a dress code at work. (Oh, the injustice!)

  94. Lisa says:

    For years our public school district has banned tank tops, spaghetti straps, stiomach baring shirts, baseball caps and grpahic shirts. No big deal, the kids could still wear nice clothes and meet the guidelines.

  95. Eek says:

    The comments on this board are far scarier than any dress code or the enforcement thereof. Yikes! I can’t believe half of you are allowed to vote 😦

  96. Joeastroturf says:

    Girls can’t show their shoulders but Obama’s Safety School czar who is a real teabagger can get in the Marines now. What a country.

    Please Check out song called teapartiers I can’t hear you at

    Here’s a verse

    The real teabaggers are Barnie and the safe school czar
    Your kids aren’t safe in a bus or car
    Jennings might not report it if their molested at a bus station
    lets hope he don’t have Nambla take them on vacation

    Britain will have company as they ration mammograms and cortisone
    The U.S. is now joining them so they won’t be alone
    Bill Ayers his hero and Jarrets slum lord bets
    Mine our Gerald Walpin , Private Long and the Swift Boat vets
    I know him and his czars think this songs not balanced and fare
    We just want nothing to do with that trainwreck Obamacare

  97. Observant Teacher says:

    I applaud the wearing of sleeveless dresses especially when accompanied by bralessness. If you position yourself just right from the side you can get a very nice shot of your student’s “treasures”

  98. Dave S says:

    Just follow the code. “Express” yourself on your own time.

  99. LEP - Illinois says:

    Hold your own event on the same day!

  100. Fecal McStool says:

    I like to talk about stool.

  101. kim says:

    Anyone who says it’s up to the parents to enforce does not have a teenaged girl. They leave the house in one thing and show up in school in another. I think it is great that they are enforcing a dress code, I wish all the schools had one and enforced it.

  102. Ryan Mouk says:

    Thank God we live in the 21st century. Whats next, girls must wear dresses and have supper on the table by 6? Useless school district.

  103. Pantheistic Solipsist says:

    I moved to Texas a few years ago, My wife and I were talking to a co-worker one day about children, she asked how many we had, we replied we had none by choice, she replied “you can do that?” (she was 19, single and had 3 children)
    that was the first shock we had in Texas.
    Then I read this story, which in and of itself is not shocking but the comments on this board are. to those of you “Christians” on here, a few things, Turn your cheek, Judge not or be judged, and finally worry about the beam in Your eye before you worry about the splinter in mine.

    it’s funny how the teen pregnancy rate in Texas in one of the highest in the nation.

    My parents allowed me to drink and smoke at 10 years old (at Home) I tuned 50 three days ago, I neither drink nor smoke now, nor have I for many many years.
    None of my sisters got pregnant before marriage, and never were divorced.
    In Texas you don’t get a divorce, you just move in with someone else.

    if any one gets aroused by children or adults that “dress’ provocatively that says more about the person then the person they are viewing.


    1. C. Vegas says:

      Your story about a 19 year old who doesn’t know you can choose not to have children is, like your “name,” pure fantasy.

      The pregnancy rate in Texas is not surprising at all. We have one of the highest Hispanic immigrant rates in the nation and they have higher underage pregnancy rates, combined with a tradition of not getting abortions. Our girls of other races are probably more likely to also have an anti-abortion influence in their household. No mystery.

      “In Texas you don’t get a divorce, you just move in with someone else.” Once again, pure prejudice and fantasy by the author.

      If you don’t like Texas, I suggest you use your Constitutional freedom to relocate to another state. We won’t mourn your absence.

    2. Stroganovsky says:

      As a “pantheist,” aren’t you a bit off the reservation when it comes to interpreting Christianity to the Christians? And as to “perversion,” females gone wild has more to do with wanton lust — and maybe even gluttony — than it does with “perversion.” So just what’s in *your* eye there, eh, Bubi?

  104. Teresa Davis says:

    i work for a school district, and let me tell you what, kids dont mind what they show, i have seen more than i ever wanted to and they dont mind if you see it.

  105. Jaw-dropping says:

    I agree that that the administrators are not enforcing it. Also, you would be shocked what many TEACHERS! are wearing! So they never send a girl to the office. Even when wearing her mom’s top that hangs WAY too low, or shorter-than-hot pants ‘shorts’ only slightly longer than panties. —a teacher’s aide

  106. RaulJones says:

    Boy, I’ll be glad when this frikkin’ rock gets smacked by the Giant Meteor. 99.9999999999999% of the human race is nothing but a waste of skin & bones. I blame it all on fluorecscent lighting…

  107. Uncle Bob says:

    This isn’t Saudi Arabia.Ban the burka!

  108. malignant narcissist says:

    Show your (FCC Noncompliant Terms deleted) previously known as…
    ‘Let it all hang out.’
    ‘Do your own thing.’
    ‘Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.’
    ‘Judge not…'(Bible verse…look it up.) They are oblivious to another verse”’
    ‘Judge with a righteous judgement.’

    The ‘Slippery Slope’ begins…

    Soon we’re…
    having sex with strangers(see 1960’s to Two and a Half Men),
    sharing our **** on MyFace or F-spook,
    driving on the wrong side of the road, and
    voting for Tweedle Dee(D) or Tweedle Rum(R)…
    for a few examples.

    Hello, you ‘useful idiots.’

  109. vangrungy says:

    Would a muslim be forced to shave his beard?


    why doesn’t the school just demand burkas for the girls.. make it simple


  110. ADB says:

    It’s a safety razor, not a straight razor. A straight razor is one of the cutthroat models. A safety razor only nicks you…

  111. Jenny says:

    Ever think the parents and kids should be focused on the school work, and not the dances, breakfasts and fannies hanging out of the clothes? Grow some brains, it’s school, not a fashion show!

  112. mikie says:

    This is too funny!!! ha-ha!
    What are schools coming to? What’s next – can’t attend because you have a cologne / perfume that doesn’t meet standards? Give me a break. What a bunch of tight ass school officials!

  113. redbert says:

    an don’t wear it to church either

  114. Dennis says:

    Next step: sharia law

  115. Carrie says:

    It is more of a distraction watching teachers, principals, and school officials nit-pick girl’s attire for “appropriateness” than it is for a girl to wear a shoulder-bearing dress. America’s culture may have undergone a “sexualization” in youth culture (from sexually explicit movies, TV shows, songs), but it is egregious of a school district to ban shoulder-bearing dresses as if they are some how “provocative.” This hyper-sensitivity to sexual suggestiveness is unfair to the seniors celebrating their achievements as well as student’s rights to express themselves through their clothing in a reasonable manner.

    1. Stroganovsky says:

      Defending the right to “express” herself, Matilda revealed her shoulder, thus conveying to the world the unmistakable message: “I am a skank”.

  116. TexasArmadillo says:

    Many teenage girls dress as if they want males to think of them primarily as chunks of meat. And that is what many of them get.

  117. patrick says:

    you all are kidding, right?

    1. patrick says:

      i thought you said I already said that?

  118. patrick says:

    ya’ll are kidding, right?

  119. Armando says:

    Who’s rumning this school, the freakin’ Taliban?

  120. John Seaman says:

    Handed straight razors? How many people can use a straight razor these days? Does your reporter know what she is talking about?

  121. top dog says:

    The answer to this problem is that the school system will have to be very specific in its dress code. For example, they could say, “skirts and dresses must be no shorter than one inch above the top of the knee.” Or, “shoulders and midriffs must be covered at all times.” It’s pretty sad that dress codes must be so specific, but if it’s not spelled out specifically and completely, then students will try and bend the rules.

  122. Stroganovsky says:

    Toilet training is fascism. Pee freely, whenever and wherever the mood strikes you. Who owns your bladder? You? Or an uptight society that clings to God and religion?

    1. C. Vegas says:

      Amen, I agree! When are people going to realize there is a giant conspiracy by toilet companies and sewer districts to hold us all hostage, and that our parents unfairly brainwashed us into the unnatural act of peeing in a toilet. Some poor children even had their gender identities strengthened by teaching a boy to stand to pee and a girl to sit! Oh the injustice! People should take back their freedom to drop a log wherever and however they want. We all have a right to pee in the street! I only wish the ACLU would take up this great cause and cost the taxpayers thousands of dollars more defending such useless and “moralistic” laws.

  123. RigidPrinciples says:

    All the more reason to home school. Although the best part of home schooling is teaching your children most of what the government does is unconstitutional, while having lots of AK practice for physical education 😉

  124. Steve says:

    But we will still be able to see their breasts, right?

  125. John Woodbury says:

    God, wow, the whole freaking world going to Hades in a hand basket and this school is worried about a dress code? Christ, guys at least they are showing up. You guys ”need to take a chill pill and let the red mist fall, baby.”;

  126. Barforoush says:

    I be for very happy to reed this good newz about making good these bad girls. We call these kind of bad womens “hazzkanuz” back home in Iran. We beat them until stop having wear off shoulder shirts.

    Everybody know womans learn very good from good hit and man get big mussels (win/win). We hope great peoples of Texas can soon beet the bad womens too like we in Iran do. I think Texas only state in America that think like we from Iran do.

    We want move to Texas and open school for make good womens beeting ways. We love George Bush and Creationism religion because both remind us of good things at home because same.

    1. Missourian says:

      LMAO! Jeez, this is the second Texas school story, with morons for school officials, that I’ve read about this week. Texas needs to secede from the US…talk about some backwards-ass nincompoops.

  127. Vince Edgar says:

    As a libertarian I believe hyper-regulation by the use of arbitrary dress codes is repressive of individual freedom. As a parent and champion of education vs distraction of youth in our schools I believe that extreme dress is properly excluded from campus.

    But seriously, shoulders are too provocative in Texas? What’s next, covering ankles? Prudery should have died in the Roaring Twenties when women were first empowered to cut their hair and their skirts short. Not allowing women to express and celebrate their god-given differences through choice in dress is sexist and a vestige of patriarchal chattel rights.

    Since many women wear the pants now, literally and figuratively, banning them for wearing sleeveless dresses is stepping back 100 years and trying to regulate away female emancipation.

    Certainly, what’s modest enough for church is modest enough for school!

  128. f0rTyLeGz says:

    jmo… but I think that all public school kids should wear uniforms.

  129. Non American says:

    lol – you American’s are so funny. If you can wear it in public, legally, you should be able to wear it to school. No wonder the USA is the laughing stock of the world! hahahaha

  130. Al says:

    You want to go to these events, and you knew you were pushing your luck with your outfit: YOU DID IT, SO SUCK IT UP! Everyone wants the schools to take over the job of parenting, but then they get mad when they’re told “No” about anything.

  131. ConcernedUSpatriot says:

    I guess that school dons’t have a swimming pool like my old school did. That shoulder covering will make gym class and sports on the same grounds look odd also. Let me guess,it’s ok one place but not in another and they will be able to inforce the new school rule without lawsuits in one of our hottest US states. Can anybody say ahdah?

  132. Max says:

    the kids needs to go to the army for a while. that will instill discipline in them. cause the first time they showed up shabby then the NCO will have a trick for them. these kids needs discipline but not when they are 17-18. you start when they can understand….say 2 and you will not have that problem later in life with them. raise them to high standards and they will shine like a new penny when they are older….i know….i raised my son and i was in the military and he dressed well all the time and i did not permit sloppiness when going out in public.

  133. Julie Cochrane says:

    I find it sad that a senior in high school believes the point of the adult working world is to, “Do what they tell you.”


    First off, at 44 I’m not sure if the adult world even has a point. However, here are the “points” of the adult world as I see them so far:

    1) Be as nice to others as you possibly can. Being nice is free, it’s contagious, and you wouldn’t believe how much it improves the world around you.

    2) Always over-tip. If your wallet is pinched, so is your server’s, and he or she probably has kids to feed.

    3) Avoid judging people. The situation you blame the other guy for–it’s painful to eat your words when you go through a tough period of life, yourself.

    4) Learn business and be successfully self-employed if you can. Make your own job and you can’t get locked out of the job market in recessions and middle-age. Also, you only have to do what “they” say when directly interacting with a client. Otherwise, just take care of business and get the job done.

    5) Pay yourself, first.

    6) Never be a stay home parent without a strong pre-nup. It’s flipping a coin with your whole future where with heads you get the same life chances as your spouse to succeed or fail, tails you’re ruined. In other words, a far worse than 50% chance of ending up impoverished.

    7) Never let the other parent be stay home without above. If you love them and you’re mature enough to marry and have kids, you’re mature enough to realize that things change and protect your spouse in advance.

    1. Julie Cochrane says:

      As you can see, there is nothing in there about a high school dress code. That’s because a high school dress code and adhering to it has nothing to do with “the point” of adulthood.

      The places you will work, either as an employee or as a business person, will almost never base their standards of workplace dress on a nitpicky set of rules. Grown up businesses are too busy trying to make money to bother.

      The social skill you learn from high school—dress like all your friends—will stand you in far better stead. Don’t look up “business dress” or “business casual” in a book somewhere, or even in the company handbook.

      Wear what everyone else at work is wearing. Dress one step better than your co-workers but slightly below what your boss wears. Don’t wear anything that advertises sex unless it’s part of your job. Buy clothes in the best quality of materials you can afford and never wear battered or worn-down shoes.

  134. Danny Ross says:

    These thugs – the school administrators – really need to get out of the lives of the students and work on teaching basics. It is not the place of government to regulate the mores of the people. The place of government is to protect people from force and fraud. If parents want to set a dress code for their children, that’s their business.

  135. themenstruator says:

    It’s a good policy, all women should cover up. After all no male can control himself because they are all rapists.

  136. Howie Isaacks says:

    I found this story on Drudge. Before I even clicked the link, I knew it was Mesquite ISD AGAIN. What this girl was wearing isn’t too provacative. She tried to conform by putting on a sweater, but that wasn’t enough. Mesquite ISD needs to concentrate on educating kids, not pushing a social agenda.

  137. Olivia says:

    I ABSOLUTELY love it!! 🙂 Everyone is okay with the motto “live and let live” until there is some kind of tragedy. The usual questions pop up but how one dresses is almost never considered…after all, It’s “MY” choice, “MY” body, “MY” right…selfish and self centered. An ounce of prevention…

  138. olretiree says:

    however,i’ll bet they get free condoms for their purse.

  139. PreacherMan says:

    As always, the Godless and the liberal cry foul at the first notion of morality. Those who hide behind slogans of “personal freedom” often have something far more sinister to hide.

    Let us put religious factors aside for a moment and ask ourselves: what kind of a person would object to young girls being taught to cover up and be modest in both outward appearance and personal conduct? What kind of a person would in fact support CHILDREN exposing themselves in the name of “personal freedom”? Is this person truly out to protect “personal freedom” or is he simply protecting his ability to indulge in his basest desires?

    While I agree that the message should come from the parents (who are often woefully lax in this day and age), a school should reinforce this message, not tear it down. So, again: well done Mesquite ISD.

  140. teaching_your_kids says:

    The problem is not with the dress code. The problem is the random and inconsistent enforcement of the dress code. Read the article again. Even young women who were in compliance were asked to leave. The easiest solution for in school dress code issues is uniforms. Our entire county went to uniforms a few years ago and dress code issues ceased to be a problem. As for out of school events, such as a senior breakfast, limit the number of officials checking dress code at the door to reduce the inconsistency that occured in this situation.

    A side note to the student who deemed senior breakfast “not that important”, I’m sorry that you are apathetic and disconnected, but there are students that actually care about participating and shouldn’t be denied the opportunity to because they “might” remove a sweater.

  141. mojofusion says:

    I graduated MHS in 1977, the first year that girls could wear blue jeans to class! Times haven’t changed much in Mesquite.

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