I couldn’t be more disappointed that Clovis Unified School District officials caved in to the American Civil Liberties Union and dropped their dress code standards. What’s especially disappointing is that district officials are almost exclusively former Clovis Unified students. I guess the culture of excellence they preach didn’t really sink in.
Of course, teenagers don’t want to be told how to dress or look. That’s part of being a teenager. I hated the policy when I was a student there, but value it as a parent now that I know a thing or two. Not knowing much about anything is a hallmark of being a kid. The role of parents and school officials is to help kids through that time in their lives, not reinforce it.
Parents who sue school districts on behalf of their child’s self-expression should be ashamed of themselves. You’re validating a child’s naive view of what’s important in life and starting them on the road to be focused on themselves above all else.
Boys with long hair and earrings and girls who dress immodestly are not expressing themselves, they are victims of bad parents. Now I have to vote against every new school bond for my self-expression.
Tony Barrett, Clovis