Normally, I say what I have to say, and I move on with my life regarding the issues in your newspaper; however, I have decided to express one more great point about a dress code. I have been reading the letters from the students opposing the dress code and something very important came to light that I thought I would share with you.
When entering into the work force, you are not authorized to wear certain attire based on where you work; I have to conform to the dress code at my work, or lose my job. I am not allowed to wear blue jeans, sweats, shorts or skimpy tank tops. Nor am I allowed to wear shirts with any logos. I am a government employee, and I know my limits based on what is put in our handbook. Unless I worked at a bar, coffee house, construction site, convenience store or somewhere where there is no dress code, I can't express myself as I would at home.
High school is meant to prepare our children for the outside world. You can't contest a dress code in the real world, because you want to express yourself. If you want to express yourself, write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. Write a book, make a biography on television or become an artist. Whatever you choose to do, remember that if it's so important to not have a dress code, you better find a job that doesn't require one.
Empire readers have no idea how I dress. They don't judge me based on what I'm wearing as I write this letter. They are judging me based on what I am saying in this letter or in the previous letters I have written. They can judge all they want. It makes for great conversation when they meet me. God forbid I have the same views as the rest of the world - how boring. I don't feel the need to have a visual of who I am. If a person can't take the time to know me from the inside, they are wrong to judge me based on the cover of my book, instead of my story inside. I am not saying our children can't express themselves. They should just use better judgment, and if they can't, a code needs to be implemented to prepare them for the real world. Hey, I'm living it, and the water's just fine.
Joey J. Tillson