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Thursday
Jun072012

Elite New York High School Kicks Off ‘Slutty Wednesday’ Protest

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Nearly 100 students at a prestigious New York high school bared their feelings for the school’s conservative dress code by skirting the rules and participating in a protest they called “Slutty Wednesday.”

The students, who attend Stuyvesant High School in New York City, said they were fed up with the school’s strict dress code, which bars warm weather attire such as short-shorts and tank tops.

“It’s called Slutty Wednesday to symbolize that we’re not actually slutty,” senior Benjamin Koatz told the New York Times.

“That’s the stigma, against wearing short-shorts,” he said. “But actually, we're wearing what’s comfortable.”

Students said they believed the dress code was biased and singled out curvier girls. Boys said they were offended the administration assumed they are horny teens who are unable to control themselves around girls in tank tops and shorter skirts, the New York Post reported.

The principal of Stuyvesant High School did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for an interview.

A reminder about the dress code was posted on Stuyvesant High School’s website last year, reminding students to “wear appropriate attire to school” as temperatures climbed.

The rules state that shoulders, undergarments, midriffs and lower backs are not allowed to be exposed. Shorts, dresses and skirts must extend below a student’s finger tips with their arms straight at their sides.

Stuyvesant High School was ranked the nation’s eighth best high school for science, technology, engineering and math by U.S. News & World Report this year.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
Jan062012

Colorado Student Banned from Yearbook over Racy Photo

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(DURANGO, Colo.) -- A Colorado teenager whose yearbook picture was rejected for being too revealing is vowing to fight the ban with her high school’s administration, but the editors of the yearbook insist it was their decision alone on the photo.

The five student editors of the Durango High School yearbook in Durango, Colo., told the Durango Herald they were the ones who made the call not to publish a picture of senior Sydney Spies posing in a yellow skirt and midriff and shoulder-exposing black shawl as her senior portrait.

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“We are an award-winning yearbook. We don’t want to diminish the quality with something that can be seen as unprofessional,” student Brian Jaramillo told the paper on Thursday.

Spies was joined by her mother, Miki Spies, and a handful of fellow Durango High students and alumni in a protest outside the school Wednesday after, she said, administrators informed her the photo would not be permitted because it violated dress code.

“I feel like they aren’t allowing me to have my freedom of expression,” Spies told the Herald. "I think the administration is wrong in this situation, and I don’t want this to happen to other people.”

The five editors, who said their decision was unanimous, said Spies’ blame was misplaced, in both targeting the administration, and believing that it was a dress code issue.

They also offered her an opportunity to include the photo in the yearbook, just not as her senior photo.

“If she (Spies) chooses to, the picture will run as her senior ad, not her senior portrait,” Trujillo said.

Despite the clarification from her peers into how and why the decision was made, a meeting Spies initiated between herself, her mother, and the school’s principal, Diane Lashinsky, was held Friday as planned.

“The editors all turned their backs on me and changed their minds,” she told the Herald. “I really do feel like they were intimidated by the principal.”

Neither Spies nor the school responded to ABC News' requests for comments Friday on the meeting’s outcome.

The Durango School District, which oversees the high school, issued the following statement to ABC News:

“The editors of Durango High School’s yearbook informed a senior student in December that her photo in question would not be included as a senior portrait in the yearbook and asked her to submit a replacement. Durango School District 9-R’s administration supports this decision.”

Prior to Friday’s meeting, the Spies family told local media they planned to meet with a civil lawyer in Denver to review their daughter’s case.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
Jun172011

Baggy Pants Passenger Treated Unfairly When Kicked off Plane?

USAir dot com(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Pocket knives and liquids aren't the only things that can't fly on airplanes anymore. Baggy pants sagging too low are also reason to be grounded.

The mother of Deshon Marman, a young man arrested on US Airways Flight 488 after his pants sagged too low to the ground, says that her son was treated unfairly. Donna Doyle said her son is being charged with indecent exposure, assault against a police officer and trespassing.

"He kept asking, 'Why? I didn't do anything.'... Deshon is not a troubled kid, he just wants to come home, get back into schooling and football and leave all this behind him," said Doyle.

Marman, 20, was arrested Wednesday after he refused to pull up his pajama bottoms upon boarding a flight from San Francisco to Phoenix to Alburquerque, N.M. Marman plays on the University of New Mexico's football team.

Sgt. Michael Rodriquez of the San Francisco Police Department described Marman's appearance.

"His underwear was covering his private areas, but his pants were below his shorts, so it was in full view of the traveling public," he said.

US Airways said that it was Marman's behavior that got him booted from the flight and arrested.

"On Wednesday a passenger was removed and taken into custody after repeatedly ignoring crew members instructions," said U.S. Airways spokesperson Andrew Christie. He said that although the airline does not have a specific dress code, "we do ask our customers to dress in an appropriate manner to assure the safety and comfort of all passengers."

Marman told ABC News he felt mistreated by the airline.

"I felt harassed, like they were attacking me, but I don't know why. I paid my ticket like everybody else," Marman said.

He claimed he was walking onto the plane when airline personnel approached him. "The pajama bottoms were loose and they didn't fit well," but that "only the top of my underwear was showing."

"I tried to pull it up, but I couldn't because I was carrying two big bags and I was in a line of people all moving fast toward the plane," he said.

Marman said he pulled up his pants when he got to his seat, but was arrested shortly after the pilot came out to talk to him. The pilot asked him to deplane, after which Marman said officers appeared and arrested him as he left.

Doyle said that, as a mother, she doesn't support the type clothing her son was wearing, but that's not a reason to kick a passenger off a plane and arrest him.

"The clothing is a fad, but you cannot judge a book by its cover. That woman made a judgment call and from there, it became a power struggle. She figured, 'I'll show you,'" said Doyle.

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