Viral tweet suggests Judson ISD dress code discriminates against girls

A simple sign posted at Judson High School has gone viral because it addresses what some consider a double-standard in school dress codes.

A student snapped a photo of a sign posted at Judson High School on social media and now it’s gone viral.

The sign suggests that sending girls home for violating a dress code policy gives credence to the idea that a boys’ learning environment is more important to the school and district.

“You are telling [girls] that having a distraction-free learning environment is more important than [their] education,” one student said, reading out the sign. “Instead of shaming girls for their bodies, teach boys that girls are not sex objects.”

You can read the full tweet here.

“Personally, I think it’s not really that fair,” Louis Velez said. “Some girls get called out for little stuff. They’re kind of separating boys and girls thinking we’re all different. But we’re really not. Inside, we’re kind of the same.”

Velez and fellow student Julianna Martinez disagree with one thing on the sign. They say that girls are rarely sent home.

“They’re not sent home,” Martinez said. “They are asked to change or given clothes to change in to.”

While the tweet got more than 9,000 like and more than 5,000 retweets, the two students that KENS 5 spoke with say that they don’t necessarily think that the tweet is a reflection of the entire student body.

“They were personally attacked for what they were wearing, so they probably got mad at it,” Martinez said.

The district responded to our request for comment with a statement:

Judson ISD has a student dress code that parents and students read and sign at the beginning of the school year, so those guidelines are of no surprise. Both girls and boys are held equally to this standard as appropriate. They way to handle issues of disagreement like this are personal conversations with counselors or the principal where understandings can be reached.

 

Click here for Judson ISD’s full dress code.

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