Violation: Leggings as Pants
It's the age-old question: Are leggings pants? Macy Edgerly sure seemed to think so, when she was sent home from her Texas school in April 2015 for violating Orangefield High School's dress code (the old finger-tip rule will get you every time) for pairing leggings with an oversized T-shirt.
Her sister took to Facebook to stand up for her sister and "for women who are degraded and judged for their bodies or what they wear." The post went viral, now being shared more than 96,000 times.
Image via Erica Alyse Edgerly
Violation: Crop Top
In May 2015, after getting in trouble for wearing a crop top that multiple teachers said resembled a sports bra, Alexi Halket decided to organize Crop Top Day at her school in Toronto. More than 500 students at Etobicoke High School of the Arts joined her.
"This is much bigger than what I'm wearing," Alexi told PEOPLE. "This is about women's rights and the objectification of our bodies."
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Violation: Bare Shoulders
17-year-old Cam Boland was stripped of her National Honor Society title within the same hour that she won the title. Why? Because she gave her speech in a dress with spaghetti straps. But here's the catch (well, multiple catches): One, the speech didn't take place at her own school (Fort Myers High School). Two, the speech was not given during school hours - it was technically part of an extracurricular activity. And three, Cam claims she was originally wearing a jacket over her dress, but took it off because of the hot Florida weather.
Cam and her mother fought the Florida school's decision, and on June 4, 2015, Cam won back her position as historian.
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Violation: "Sausage Rolls"
As if high school isn't already hard enough for girls as it is, the officials at Biglerville High School in Pennsylvania decided to add to the drama with condescending (not to mention sexist) rules. A dress code memo for an awards assembly went home with the school's senior students and inevitably ended up on the internet, for all the world to see.
It included some common sense rules, like "choose modest attire" and "a skirt or nice slacks would be appropriate," but ended on a digusting note: "Please remember as you select an outfit for the awards assembly that we don't want to be looking at 'sausage rolls' as Mr. Elliott calls them. As you get dressed remember that you can't put 10 pounds of mud in a five-pound sack."
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Violation: Bare Shoulders
According to Lone Peak High School's dress code, "Girls' dresses and tops must have a 2" minimum strap on each shoulder." 16-year-old Gabi Finlayson's prom dress clearly met that standard, right?
Not according to the Utah school's dress code enforcers. Gabi was forced to either leave or wear a coat over her dress upon arriving at prom, to which she chose the latter. Regardless of whether or not her daughter violated her school's dress code, Kathy Kimball was shocked and disgusted. “How have we gotten to the point that we look at shoulders as if they're somehow pornographic?" Kimball told local TV station KUTV. "As if they are this shameful thing.”
Image via Kristy Maxfield Kimball
Violation: Two-Piece Swimsuits
This pool party invitation discouraging young girls from showing their swimsuits went viral after Indianapolis local Jennifer Smith posted it to the Facebook Group "Feminism on Facebook." She tried emailing Rhoades Elementary's principal, and when that didn't work, she went to the superintendent, who changed the rule to say that T-shirts were optional for all.
According to Jennifer's son (via Huffington Post), no girls wore T-shirts to the pool party on May 28, 2015.
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Violation: Bright Hair
West County High School junior Savannah Keesee was suspsended from school in March 2015 after she died her hair a darker shade of red. According to Savannah, the principal called her hair "really bright" and said she couldn't return to school until she changed it.
Savannah has since died her hair back to a light auburn shade and returned to school in Missouri.
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Violation: Too-Short Dress
West Side High School senior Evette Reay was suspended on her last day of high school in May 2015 for breaking the Idaho school's dress code and refusing to change clothes. Evette's mother, Michelle, told the Idaho State Journal that she had approved of her daughter's dress that morning since it was beyond finger-tip length.
Evette has since graduated, but still hopes to see change in high school dress codes. "You should dress for success, but you should be comfortable too," she told the Idaho State Journal.
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Violation: Too-Short Dresses, Skirts, and Shorts
More than 25 students were sent home for violating Vista Murietta High School's dress code in June 2014. The majority of those sent home were girls, and many of them claim they (or their mothers) measured their dresses before they came to school.
While some students called the California school's dress code enforcement sexist, Karen Perris, spokesperson for Murrieta Valley Unified School District, said it was different because "you don't typically find boys wearing leggings or skirts."
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Violation: Too-Short Dress
Two hours before the end of her last day of high school in June 2014, Violet Burkhart was sent home for violating her North Carolina school's dress code. The reason? Her dress, which she claims to have worn at least five times previously, was measured by Central Davidson High School officials and declared inappropriate.
But Violet's mother, Amy, got the last laugh, when she wore her daughter's "inappropriate" dress to Violet's graduation. Their story and selfies went viral as well, which is just icing on the cake.
Image via Amy Redwine