A high school senior's last day of school was marred when she was told that her dress violated dress code. So, in turn, her mom wore the same dress to her graduation.
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The last day of high school for a senior represents the end of a long journey and should be a fun day for the young adults who are about to make the big step from childhood to the big world. However, for Violet Burkhart, the day was marred when teachers told her that her dress was too short.

A unique protest

Burkhart reports that teachers stopped her in the hallway at 1 p.m. on the very last day of school. They measured her dress, informed her it was too short, and had her mother come get her so she could go home and change.

Her mother was baffled when the phone call came, and decided that, in protest, she would don her daughter's dress and wear it to her graduation. And wear it she did. Of course no one said a word to her… after all, she's an adult and, keeping indecent exposure laws in mind, she was breaking no rules.

What's up with dress codes?

Dress codes have always seemed to be unequal and unfair to me. I do understand prohibiting certain items, such as shirts with profanity or hate speech printed upon them. But many dress codes, if you think about it, are geared toward girls and how much skin they show. These rules may sound familiar to you: No strappy tank tops. No short shorts. No bare midriffs. No bare shoulders.

Burkhart's clothing choice must have distracted too many boys on the last day of classes. Right?

Dress codes are often enforced with the goal of minimizing distractions in the classroom, so in a way, girls have become responsible for controlling the thoughts and actions of their male peers. Much like the young woman who was targeted at her high school prom and asked to leave because her dress was deemed "too short," Burkhart's clothing choice must have distracted too many boys on the last day of classes.


Solidarity for moms and daughters

Her mom reports that her girl had worn the dress several times throughout the year and that her daughter was really upset that the teachers had interrupted her near the end of the school day. If the dress was really against the rules, why had she been allowed to wear it earlier in the year? And why on earth did they decide to bother her right before the end of her last day of school?

When Burkhart's mom chose to wear the same dress to graduation, it was a solid show of support from her, and it's support that all children definitely need. A dress code does need to be followed, of course, but if school staff doesn't apply the rules equally — especially since she wore it with no worries throughout the rest of the year — then some clarification is in order. While I'm not totally sure what their reasoning was, I still think it's awesome that her mom wore the dress in support of her girl.

I think Mom rocks.

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