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Graduating Senior Pokes Fun At Her School's Hypocritical Dress Code Policy 

by Tod Perry

June 19, 2017
Tori DiPaulo via Twitter

A student graduating from West Milford High School in New Jersey is getting some love from her classmates for taking one final shot at the school’s sexist dress code. Tori DiPaulo couldn’t help but point out in her senior quote that the robe she’s wearing in her yearbook photo violates the school’s dress code. “I chose my senior quote because I found it ironic that the classic robes we take pictures in technically violated dress code,” she said. “Really, I just wanted to get a few laughs.”
 
“I’m sorry, did my shoulders distract you from reading this quote?” she wrote in her senior yearbook quote. DiPaulo later shared the hilarious gesture on Twitter with the caption, “Tori: 1; Dress Code: 0,” and it’s received over 700 favorites.

“[The dress code is] all based on sexism, and it is completely unreasonable,” DiPaulo told Yahoo Style. “There have been a number of incidents where I was called into the office due to what I was wearing. Whether it was my bra strap showing, or my midriff being a quarter inch exposed, administration always gave me a problem.” DiPaulo also believes that West Milford High School’s dress code is sexist because it only applies to girls.
 
The school dress code:

Halters, half-shirts, shorts, or sweaters and blouses that expose breasts or stomachs may not be worn. Shorts and skirts should not be a distraction. They should not be above the extended fingertips. Muscle shirts, mesh shirts, and loose-fitting tank tops are not permitted. Patches, decals, or sayings affixed to clothing are inappropriate if they are suggestive, drug-related, obscene in nature, or cause a disruption in normal proceedings.

DiPaulo was busted numerous times at West Milford for dress-code violations which she belies took away from her educational experience. “I’m an AP student, in academic clubs, and on the tennis team — I’m not exactly a delinquent — but I’ve spent hours sitting in principal’s offices because 40-year-old men were offended by my back showing.”

She also says she was unfairly targeted while the boys at her school got away with breaking the code. “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.” 

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