Students fight back against 'unfair' dress code policy

GRANBY (WTIC) — The gloves are coming off over the high school dress code.

Students and parents are in an uproar over some revised changes that went into effect this year. Among the usual standards, new entries say girls may not wear shorts or skirts that run higher than six inches above the knee, and no spaghetti-strap type tank tops.

Anyone found violating the dress code will be sent home, asked to change, or given alternate, appropriate, clothing by administrators.

"A lot of people were complaining about it and you hear it in the hallways and we just kinda took what everybody was feeling and put it into words and just spread the word about it," said Arielle Bocanegra, a Granby High School senior.

The students were told the clothing was inappropriate for school and distracting to male students and staff.

"My main concern is that these kids were being shamed in front of their peers and they're here to learn," said Henry Bocanegra, Arielle's father. "Now you're creating a hostile environment in a place that's supposed to be a safe haven for children."

Arielle and her friend, Erin Stoetzner, organized a petition with signatures from hundreds of students. The two were among a meeting called Monday night by administrators at the high school for parents and students.

Members of the media were not allowed into the school meeting.

At the conclusion of the meeting, students said school administrators agreed to go back to last year's more vague policy and handle any potential violations on a case by case basis.

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