The big story on TMJ4's 10:00 PM newscast: Wauwatosa West students organize sit-in over dress code.
I kid you not. THIS was the big story.
There's dress-code drama at Wauwatosa West High School. Some students want to wear short-shorts to class, and think it's unfair for teachers to tell girls to cover up. The school says rules are in place for a reason.Oh, my God.
"They are just legs," says sophomore Elizabeth Kniffin. "Is that really too distracting? I understand that girls shouldn't be coming to school with their butts or chests hanging out, but there has to be a happy medium."
"I think it's pretty unnecessary for them to try and make girls limit themselves because of what they think guys look at us as," adds Keyba Bratchett.
As the rules stand now, girls are not allowed to wear shorts above a certain length, or sleeveless tops. They say some teachers will make them stand-up in front of their class to determine if their shorts meet the requirements.
"It makes a scene, and a spectacle of the girl," says senior Jestine Langlas. "It makes it way bigger of a deal than it needs to be."
So they're fighting back. They organized a "sit-in" protest in the main hallway of Wauwatosa West High School Thursday before school, despite the risk of suspension. Participants wore short shorts, and passed around a petition to change the dress code. They plan to take their concerns to the school board.
"We're in an environment where they teach us freedom of speech, freedom of petition, and to stand up for what we believe in, yet they're telling us they're going to suspend us for doing just that," Kniffin says.
Where to begin?
Why would TMJ4 showcase this idiocy, as if it matters to the general population in TMJ4's southeastern Wisconsin viewing area?
So many other stories deserve attention, not something as goofy as a "sit-in" by high school girls demanding that they be allowed to wear skimpy, inappropriate clothes.
This comment from a female student is priceless: "We're in an environment where they teach us freedom of speech, freedom of petition, and to stand up for what we believe in, yet they're telling us they're going to suspend us for doing just that."
Girls at Wauwatosa West "believe in" short shorts.
Oh, my God.