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This High School's "Sexist" Dress Code Has Caused 200 Detentions In Just The Last Two Weeks

Ninety percent of the students that ended up in detention were female.

Posted on September 16, 2014, at 12:50 p.m. ET

Staten Island's Tottenville High School recently instituted the "Dress for Success" dress code. Many students and parents are now calling it severe and sexist.

100 s face detention at Tottenville High on SI for violating dress code #1010WINS

glenn schuck@glennschuck

100 s face detention at Tottenville High on SI for violating dress code #1010WINS

12:22 PM - 14 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The dress code prohibits "tank tops, low-cut blouses, tubes/halter and midriff tops," along with short-shorts and short skirts.

Tottenville can tell me what to wear when they buy my clothes #Tottenville #tville

Nicholas Gitto@gitto1999

Tottenville can tell me what to wear when they buy my clothes #Tottenville #tville

5:09 PM - 05 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Which students have been furious about, especially in the hot summer months since Tottenville doesn't have air-conditioning.

Would anyone understand the political statement I'd be making by having a tottenville hs gym uniform painted on my naked body for halloween?

dNo@dNosBigIdeas

Would anyone understand the political statement I'd be making by having a tottenville hs gym uniform painted on my naked body for halloween?

8:49 AM - 16 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The Staten Island Advance interviewed Tottenville students last week who told reporters that administrators were pulling students out of the hallways.

@AlyssaMariee99 but they can spend money putting a pointless banner outside the school lol #smart

alyssa@alyssatorres16

@AlyssaMariee99 but they can spend money putting a pointless banner outside the school lol #smart

6:24 PM - 05 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Students whose clothes were deemed inappropriate were given the option to change into large gray athletic clothes or sit in the hot auditorium and wait for their parents to bring a change of clothing.

According to the New York Post, as of this week, 200 students have received detention due to dress code violations, and 90% of those students were female.

Tottenville's principal hasn't been speaking with reporters, but Aimee Horowitz, the school district superintendent, said the school is going after any clothing that "interferes with the learning and teaching process."

do you guys like my new shorts for the dress code !! #tottenville

ká´§milá´§@kamiIa_

do you guys like my new shorts for the dress code !! #tottenville

10:53 PM - 15 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The dress code that many students have been calling sexist has been extended to include hoodies, sweatpants, and even sunglasses.

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Tottenville parents were given a handbook that included the "Dress for Success" policy and signed off on it before the new school year began.

Tottenville high school transformation Tuesday

Jack@JackRandall117

Tottenville high school transformation Tuesday

5:54 PM - 09 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Students have taken to Twitter and Tumblr to complain about the policy and have tried organizing a protest.

If I'm the only one who ACTUALLY refuses to go in Monday I'll be so pissed #tvilleprotest

giii@giifarin

If I'm the only one who ACTUALLY refuses to go in Monday I'll be so pissed #tvilleprotest

10:07 PM - 05 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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