Sunday, February 19, 2006

Dressing For Dating In Middle School

Twelve and thirteen year-old are now wearing skimpy clothes to school and it's become a source of concern in New Hampshire:
A crackdown on Andover, Mass., middle-schoolers wearing revealing clothing came as no surprise to New Hampshire school officials, who say it is a persistent problem with no easy solution in almost all schools.

Skimpy fashions, driven by pop culture, are becoming more popular among younger students. Middle schools are just the newest battleground in a growing war against inappropriate clothing.

Middle school students, who are generally between 12 and 15 years old, often wear revealing or inappropriate clothing as they enter adolescence to follow new fashion trends, said John Moody, superintendent of schools for the Derry School District.

"They are testing the limits," he said. "It's part of being a teenager."

Inappropriate clothing is as common in New Hampshire as it is in any other state and is turning into a rite of passage for many younger students looking to fit in. Short skirts and saggy jeans are often the norm for middle-schoolers.

"If you're interested in seeing boys' butts, just walk into a middle school," said Moody, whose school district is the third largest in New Hampshire and includes over 6,000 students.
Consider reading the whole thing.

In a statement that makes me wonder who's the parent and who's the child, one New Hampshire parent laments:
"My daughter has the biggest holes in her jeans you've ever seen, but it's fashion," she said. "By the fourth child I've given up."
Our 7th and 8th grade junior high school adopted uniforms several years ago, so skimpy clothing really isn't the problem. The problems that we do experience are boys wearing baggy pants and then allowing them to drop so low on the hips that their underwear is visable for all to see and girls who are freely displaying their cleavage as they go about campus.
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