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To: Baylor School Chattanooga, TN

Clothes SHOULDN’T Have Gender at Baylor School!

At Baylor school in Chattanooga, TN, it is against the dress code for boys to wear skirts (girls’ uniforms , however; girls can wear boys’ uniform without repercussions. Multiple students believe this is unfair, but when one outstanding student, who has requested to stay anonymous, tried to break the gender barrier by wearing a dress code length skirt, he was called into a teachers office and was asked multiple questions about why he wore the skirt, one of the questions was, “Are you transitioning right now?” Meaning transitioning from one gender to another. Despite the answer, it was not appropriate to ask about that, as people should be allowed to wear whatever they want without having to be asked if they are, “transitioning.” Instead of setting different dress codes for different people, we propose that there should be one overall dress code for everyone, because what does it matter what dress code that they are wearing, as long as they are wearing dress code seriously, professionally, and respectfully? That’s why their should be one overall dress code so everyone may wear what they want. The Baylor dress code doesn’t just stop at students clothes though, it also goes as far to say what length boys and girls can and can’t have their hair. For boys though, the hair must remain above the ears, which is unfair to any boy who wants to have longer hair. Girls may have their hair long, but boys may not, and that’s not fair for anyone, as we strive for equality among every student, no matter the gender. For boys who like their hair longer, or even just slightly below the ears, they cannot have that freedom, as whenever it gets to long and the student does not cut it, they may receive a infraction due to the length. Boys also are not allowed to wear earrings or makeup, but girls are allowed to do so, which shows even more inequality.

Why is this important?

You should join this campaign to help break down the gender barriers and destroy the gender of clothes, so everyone can wear what they want. People should be able to wear clothes that are out of the norm without being thought of as “transitioning.” This may also help people who identify as they/them, or any other pronouns, as the clothes won’t filter them into any certain group. A singular dress code for the whole school may also welcome new students, as they will see that Baylor is open to all, not just boys and girls. After all, pieces of fabric have nothing to do with gender. We believe that Baylor School should enact a singular, professional dress code, bringing us one step closer to reaching equality for all.

How it will be delivered

We plan to reach our end goal of 350 signatures and once we do, we will reach out to the enforcer of this rule.



2021-10-05 11:42:20 -0400

50 signatures reached

2021-10-04 22:03:28 -0400

One of the researchers did get the information wrong, the rule is in fact in the B book, but that doesn’t change our cause. The petition should be now updated accordingly, thanks to everyone who has joined our cause thus far!

2021-10-04 17:56:33 -0400

25 signatures reached

2021-10-04 16:07:22 -0400

After speaking to multiple people about this petition, there is one statement that sticks out to me. “Why start a petition if the rule has not been written?” But the same question can be asked about the rule in the first place, why enforce a rule that has not been written? We believe that yes, while the rule is not written, we should still try to change this unwritten rule. It’s known that the person who has enforced this rule, Mr Austin Clark, believes in more “traditional” standards. When this petition reaches the goal, we will email Mr Austin Clark in order to potentially ask about why this unwritten rule exists, however; if we reach 150 signatures we will reach out to the headmaster about this rule, and if it does truly exist, if it may be changed.

2021-10-04 10:30:40 -0400

We will be editing this petition to word some stuff differently, but our morals still stand

2021-10-04 08:31:09 -0400

10 signatures reached