Dress Code Violation And Discrimination

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Dress Code Violation The case study involves four new students who appear in the principal’s office after being sent by their homeroom teacher. The three girls are wearing dresses and “burkas,” and the boy has a light beard. The dress code, approved by both the student council and faculty advisory group, put the students in clear violation of the dress code. The students verbalize their discontent and feeling that the school dress code violates their Muslim faith & practice, and that they have been subjected to unfair discrimination. A call-back note from one of the parents was provided to the principal (Ubben, Hughes & Norris, 2011, p. 365). The issue presented centralizes around the action and immediate attention and long-term response of the principal, while answering to all stakeholders involved. From the facts presented, the students non-intentionally violated the school dress code policy. First, this case revolves around the issue of religious clothing in observance of a specific religion. In the 1969 case Tinker vs. Des Moines, the U.S. Supreme Court determined that students do have constitutional rights to wear clothing that expresses a political or religious view (Know Your Rights, School Dress Codes, n.d.). The precedent set by the court established the basis for religious freedom in dress, and is echoed by the Religious Freedom Act of 1993. (H.R. 1308 – 103rd Congress, 1993). As principal of the school, my immediate action would involve the parents of

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