'It's freedom of speech:' Aberdeen students protest high school dress code

Students protest dress code at Aberdeen High School. (Photo: KOMO News)

ABERDEEN, Wash. -- Students at Aberdeen High School began a protest Wednesday of the school's dress code.

Many arrived with ripped clothing or exposed areas to protest the policy that bans showing stomachs, backs, shoulders, or cleavage, and requires all rips to be below mid-thigh.

"I simply believe that your clothes are your right," AHS Senior Madison Vanblaricom said. "It's freedom of speech."

Vanblaricom says the policy unfairly targets female students, who are singled out more often than their male counterparts.

"I think they should let up on the dress code a little bit or I think they should go to uniforms," Senior Jessica Bouback added.

Superintendent Tom Opstad says this dress code is a decade old, though several students claim the school just started enforcing it to this degree.

They say students have been removed from class, lectured, and even given in-school suspensions.

Opstad says no student has been sent home over their outfit, adding that school will continue to enforce the rules, as it is designed to teach the students about professionalism.

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