On Wednesday, Sept. 2, Bangor High School students were called into the auditorium to listen to administrators go over school rules of conduct, and changes that have been made this school year.
They went over basic tedious stuff, like how to care for your laptops, etc., but I was jolted to attention when the vice principal, Bryan Doyle, addressed the female student body saying, “Ladies, we don’t want to see your bra straps”, and, “If you can’t follow the dress code you will be asked to cover up or go home”.
He also spoke about what the appropriate length for our shorts was, cleavage, and stated that we weren’t allowed to show our midriffs.
When I spoke out about the sexual bias, I was told to leave.
After a round of applause from fellow students as I marched out of the auditorium, I became inspired to affect change. I came up with the idea to start this “crop top movement”, and when I got home I made the Facebook post, which now has somewhere around 600 shares from students and adults alike.
Thursday, Sept. 3, at school, male and female students who supported my initiative arrived at school wearing crop tops, spaghetti straps, short shorts, and one of my male supporters was so creative that he made a bra strap bracelets.
A few young women came forward and told me that they had been spoken to, disciplined, or withheld from class for participating in this movement. One female supporter told me that when she walked into school this morning, the vice principal had her wait outside his office for 2 1/2 hours, missing important classes, while she waited for her grandmother from Orrington to bring her “appropriate attire.”
It’s interesting to note, that a fellow male student who “rocked a crop top” on Thursday, was not spoken to, and rather than being disciplined, he got laughs from some of the faculty members. If this isn’t indicative of sexual bias and misogyny, I don’t what is.
Though I received some positive feedback and encouragements from a few teachers and faculty members, until something is in writing to acknowledge the rights of the female student body, and ensure us that our education will not be compromised because of our choice of clothing, I will continue to fight for and advocate for the female students of Bangor High.
We are continuing our “crop top movement” on Friday, Sept. 4, and until we as females are not singled out for our attire.
Cat Just is a sophomore at Bangor High School.
Editor’s Note: Bangor High School officials have not returned multiple requests for comment on this story.