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Granby school axes part of dress code after petition from students

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After students protested, Granby High School leaders have agreed to get rid of a controversial new dress code. (WFSB) After students protested, Granby High School leaders have agreed to get rid of a controversial new dress code. (WFSB)
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After students protested, Granby High School leaders have agreed to get rid of a controversial new dress code.

Dozens of parents and teachers streamed into a private meeting at Granby Memorial High School on Monday night to discuss what some students described as overzealous fashion police.

Just before students returned to class, the school instituted a new stricter dress code.

One new rule really ruffled some feathers...girls shorts could not be six or more inches above the knee, and some students and parents disagreed with how warnings were handed out.

They claim girls who were suspected of violating the rule were pulled out of lunch and their shorts were measured with a ruler.

“I personally have been targeted for my clothing at this school more than once,” said Arielle Bocanegra, a senior at Granby High School.

She and her classmate Erin Stoetzner decided to do something about it, to peacefully protest our new clothing guidelines.

Around 200 students signed the petition and school leaders held a meeting. The media was uninvited but Eyewitness News was sent photos from someone inside.

It’s important to note some folks supported the new dress code.

“Rules are rules. Rules should be followed whether we agree with them or not,” said district parent Melissa Varona.

After the meeting with the young ladies who started the petition, the school agreed to scrap the six inch rule and promised no more rulers.

“The hostile environment will definitely die down, there will be a refocus on the education here,” Stoetzner said.

In a statement, the principal said “The administration understands the concerns regarding adequate communication and implementation of the dress code guidelines, and will work with students, staff and parents to make appropriate adjustments going forward.”

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