Mason County Schools Enforce Strict Dress Code

By: Carrie Cline Email
By: Carrie Cline Email

Pull up your pants! Cover yourself up! You've often heard or seen adults get on teens about proper dress. Now, a local school district is joining the act. Here’s why character, image and safety are the cornerstones of a new dress code policy.

It's a new year at Mason County Schools with some new rules.

“It's a judgement call-what we're looking at is what can be dangerous,” said Bill Cottrill.

Bill Cottrill is the new principal at Pt. Pleasant High School. His job is not only to protect the student body, but also prepare them for the future--and that includes their clothing.

“We asked the students if they went to a job interview with sagging pants and skin showing would the get the job. Most respond they won't get the job,” said Cottrill.

So, a dress code policy is now being strictly enforced.
This policy is no simple one-two punch. There are 16 very detailed points carefully outlining what student can and can't wear.

The safety concern--baggy clothes make good hiding places for dangerous things.

“I think if we hit the policy head-on, will be better all the way around,” said Janet Williamson.

Many students are thankful for the change. Aubrey Williamson is thankful for the things no longer showing.

“Cleavage, boxers, things I don't want to see,” said Aubrey.

“We tell them we're not trying to take away from their fashion, but at school, this is the way we're going to dress. At home, you can do your own thing,” said Cottrill.

The first time a student violates the code, parents will be contacted and the students could face detention.

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