Students Protest Dress Code With ‘Scarlet Letter’

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According to, young women at Charleston County School of the Arts school in North Charleston, SC are wearing scarlet letters to school to protest a new rule stating that girls who violate the dress code must be immediately sent out of class, and cannot return until the dress code issue is resolved.


“Fischer and her classmates at this North Charleston, South Carolina, school are upset not that their school has a dress code (or even the specifics of the dress code), but that it is enforced unfairly, in a way that stigmatizes girls for perceived sexuality, not just rule-breaking,” reported.


“In the summer, you see guys walking around in muscle tank tops with half their sides hanging out and their pants hanging down, and they don’t get called out for that,” Fischer stated. “They don’t get called out for wearing a hat, but a girl will get called out for a short skirt in a second,” she said.


Also, A plus-sized girl at school was told that she shouldn’t wear certain things that other, smaller girls could, and other students weren’t just asked to change clothes, but berated about what they were wearing before being sent to the office, according to


On September 23, Fischer wrote an Instagram post encouraging other students who were against the dress code to incorporate a red “A” or the phrase “Not ‘A’ Distraction” into their outfits the next day at school. Then, Over 100 students arrived at school the next day wearing an “A” on their outfits, and the movement has snowballed from there, according to


“The dress code is important as it promotes a comfortable and professional learning environment, however, there is nothing comfortable or professional about being told you’re ‘asking for it’ or ‘selling yourself in the wrong way’ or being told your body is ‘gross,'” Fischer explained.


According to Fischer, the school’s administration has been receptive to the movement, and they have received much more pushback from other members of the student body than from teachers and school officials.

Fischer also said that she hopes the movement will raise awareness about how girls’ bodies are policed in educational environments, according to