To be effective, we need to follow some basic rules.
When you post your stories on social media, do not use the names of teachers or administrators. The kind of change we are trying to bring about needs the support of those teachers and administrators. Calling them out on social media will only put them on the defensive, and that will work against everything we are trying to do. Simply use “a teacher” or “an administrator”.
Don’t argue with the person calling you out for how you are dressed when protesting. Here are some good responses to use. Start with “Yes, I know this doesn’t meet dress code. I am wearing it in protest of that code, but…” and follow with something along the lines of:
- I would be happy to change after class because I think what you are teaching right now is more important than my [article of clothing].
- If you have a few minutes I would like to talk to about the dress code. I feel it unfairly targets [gender, race, etc.]
- You are making me feel really bad about my body right now. (Even though you may be non-compliant, if you are being respectful, the adults should still be respectful as well).
What Not To Wear
Look at the Model Dress Code we are proposing. If it doesn’t fit with that, don’t wear it.
We are knowingly breaking the rules. Be prepared for that. Bring a change of clothes, and be ready to accept whatever the consequences are for breaking the rules.
Talk to your parents about #PassTheSkirt and get them on board! They are the ones who have to come to the school when you get coded. We need adults to make the changes we want happen. Dress Code is usually a district policy, and that means the school board has to get involved. Most adults are on Facebook and Twitter than Instagram. Get on your account, share our posts and retweet our tweets to help build adult support. Request time to talk to your principal and superintendent. Find out who your school board members are and talk to them.
Make the change! BE the change!
Pro Tip: The Internet Keeps Everything Forever
When you pick something to wear and want to post a pic of yourself, keep in mind that Instagram is a public platform (as are FB and Twitter), and anyone, including the media, can see the pics. Your account may be private or protected, but our main accounts aren’t. If you don’t want your parents or grandparents to see you wearing it, think twice before posting it and sharing it with us.
Want to Participate but Can’t with Clothing?
You don’t have to be a rule breaker to help make change. Put the PTS logo on your hand, arm, or leg! Just show some support!