uch has been said about the double standard and questionable enforcement of school dress codes this year, so here is one more story to add to that list — with a twist.
Victoria DiPaolo, a senior at West Milford High School in New Jersey, had had enough of her school's conservative dress code, and decided to use the yearbook as one final way to fire back at the administration's seemingly hypocritical policy.
“I’m sorry, did my shoulders distract you from reading this quote?” DiPaolo’s quote reads underneath her senior photo.
The jab was at the school’s dress code which prohibits “halters, half-shirts, shorts, or sweaters and blouses that expose breasts or stomachs,” according to Yahoo! Style.
So what was Tori’s motivation? “I chose my senior quote because I found it ironic that the classic robes we take pictures in technically violated dress code,” she told The Huffington Post. “Really, I just wanted to get a few laughs.”
“While my school, as well as most others, have dress codes that apply to boys and girls it’s usually only girls that get dress code violation,” she continued. “My school’s dress code prohibits boys from wearing muscle shirts but they do all the time and don’t get in trouble yet, when my bra strap accidentally slips I have to miss class time to go change.
"I just think dress codes need to be enforced on both genders if you’re going to choose to have one. But really, people not being allowed to wear tank tops is ridiculous, no one is distracted by shoulders and that’s really where I got the inspiration for my quote."
But the reception DiPaolo has received from the quote has mostly been positive – including from her teachers.
“After making this my quote most of my classmates laughed and complimented me. A lot of people also posted it on their social media,” she told Yahoo! Style.
“One of my teachers actually came up to me to tell me she loved my quote and thought it was hilarious. Most teachers have laughed at it. The general consensus at my school — unless you’re the principal — is that the dress code is ridiculous so people have loved the quote so far.”