Westfield High Cracks Down on Clothing

DRESS CODEWESTFIELD, Mass. (wggb) – Dozens of Westfield High School Students are told to go home and change their clothes. It’s only the second week of school, but school administrators are sending an early message that they’re cracking down on inappropriate outfits.

Dress codes are something that every school has but doesn’t always enforce. But at Westfield High School teachers decided that student fashion needed to be addressed. Now, there are many things that won’t be tolerated.

Superintendent Dr Suzanne Scallion told us about some of the most popular offenses.

“Extremely short shorts or tops that were too skimpy, either too short so that bellies were showing or too scooped,” she said.

But these are only a few of the items no longer allowed. Last week the school held assemblies for each grade warning students that the dress code would be enforced on Tuesday.

But according to freshman Carly Paluck, those assemblies weren’t that effective. “It kind of just made everyone a little more riled up and they caused more kids to dress inappropriately.”

In all forty students, most of them girls, were asked to either go home to change or to change at school, though no student was reprimanded or punished. Yet for students some of the banned attire doesn’t seem right.

“I think a lot of the issues on really short shorts and yoga pants and leggings, those aren’t really even issues,” added Carly.

While faculty and students may disagree on how distracting clothing can be, what they do agree on is that there’s room for improvement as far as defining the dress code, and enforcing it.

John Dolan is a senior, and also class president and agrees the rules need to be more clear. ” I don’t think it’s too strict, but I think it needs to be defined a little bit more.” He added, “I think there’s almost a double standard, or opinion and that it needs to be more solidified, what it is that they are looking for.”

Since many students don’t communicate the rules to their parents, for faculty it means getting the message of what’s acceptable, not just to students, but to their parents as well.

“We’ve had a lot of take away learning for ourselves in this process, but we stand by the fact that we want to uphold a higher level of self respect,” said Scallion.

Clothing that Westfield High has banned include short shorts, midriff tops, see-through clothing and anything that advertises tobacco or illegal substances. Clothing with vulgar language or that’s sexually explicit is also banned.


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  • LudlowResident

    In many other countries (ex: England, Japan) even public school students wear uniforms. Why can’t we do that here? That not only would certainly “make things more clear,” but also enforcing the dress code would be one less thing our overburdened schools would have to worry about, parents wouldn’t have to spend ridiculous amounts of money on trendy clothes that will only be worn once or twice, and when kids all dress the same there is no stigma about not having “cool” clothes.

  • doggone

    Not a bad idea Ludlow, maybe then these kids can learn something at school instead of civil disobedience.
    I understand that some of the kids bring a change of clothes to school with them so the parents don’t know, or don’t care what their kids are wearing at school.

  • ravenquota

    Uniforms are required in all Springfield schools works fine there . Don’t see why other surrounding towns won’t do the same