Friday, March 18, 2022

High School Boys Wearing Dresses to School

Get suspended for being a 'distraction'

By: Kerry Justich June 5, 2018

Rodney Dimasso

It’s no secret that high schoolers are often pushing the boundaries of their school’s rules when it comes to pulling pranks, skipping classes, and even dressing in a way that challenges dress codes. For these two senior boys, however, testing the limits of their dress code might not have been their intention when they showed up to school wearing dresses. Yet the outfits, which were completely within Melissa High School‘s regulations, still got them in trouble with the principal.

Chris Swkyert, 17, and Rodney Dimasso, 18, both attend the public high school in Melissa, Texas, where they decided to wear dresses one day during their last month of classes. And although they thought that it was a pretty innocent act, it ended up landing them two days worth of in-school suspension.

“I just wore the dress because I wanted to,” Dimasso tells Yahoo Lifestyle of the black sleeveless dress he wore. “I was walking down the hallway and the principal told me to follow him. When I went into his office, he was asking me why I wore the dress, and I told him because I wanted to. He said it’s a distraction and told me I am going to have two days of in-school suspension.”

While in the principal’s office, the student attempted to argue his way out of the punishment, by pointing out that his wardrobe wasn’t actually breaking any of the school’s rules. In fact, the school’s dress code specifies that “Shorts and skirts must be no shorter than 3 inches above the knee on any side.” Dimasso ensures that his dress met that standard, and he was even wearing shorts underneath.

The student wasn’t provided an opportunity to change his clothing before receiving disciplinary action.

Both Dimasso and Swykert said that the incident caused a disruption at school, with other students becoming vocal about how they felt the punishment was unfair. It wasn’t until another student tweeted about it that it got even more attention.


    When I read the title, I was hoping for 'Texas' or 'Florida'.
    Perhaps the state Gov'nuh/commandant/fuhrer/el duche/grand poo-bah,
    has a stroke?
    If they had no dress code, then what were the grounds for suspension?
    DO join and support the American Civil Liberties Union-- ACLU

    Fifty-odd years ago, our school district was going the same throes over HAIR LENGTH!
    I later learned the 'unruly instigator' with long hair was now one of my coworkers at a local Unionized Freight Company.
    'Guy' was an invaluable worker who possessed an EIDETIC MEMORY (great for delivery logistics), in spite of his splendid work, the company just could not 'get over' his long hair, but the Teamsters told them to 'back off'.
    Undeterred, 'Guy' would push the issue even farther and take Halloween's (day) off and come to work 'enfemme', displaying 'her' resplendent long hair. I always wondered... But never asked...or told.
    'Guys' mother was registered as a COMMUNIST at her local voting precinct, just to X-off the locals. And boy-howdie did it ever! Mom taught her family members to be independent thinkers.
    Coworker's mother got the local ACLU involved over her sons 'hair dispute' and a local judge sided with the student. And the local school board was silent on such issues for DECADES, until the school board was overtaken by anal-retentive. white micromanaging conservatives, hell bent on oppressing racial, ethnic and gender minorities.
    This high school principal was such a TOOL, that his own son left home only to find safe lodging with 'Guys' mother.
    Anybody had enough?

  2. It's about time! When I was in Jr. HS and HS girls started coming to school wearing their father's or brother's pants and upset the status quo. I too could have started coming to school wearing skirts following the rule, skirt hem no shorter than 3" above the knee, same rule 1960s and 1970s. Who knew, could have started to emancipate the wardrobes of everybody then.