(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.
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