A group of students, led by the Fredericton youthfeminists (FB, Twitter), have been organizing to petition the school to abolish the dress code:
Dress codes lead to the sexualization of young women, the punishing of women for taking control of their own bodies and the blaming/shaming of women who don’t dress overly-modest. And after all that, your school has the audacity to not even have a sexual assault policy. Rather than enforce rape culture in your school, we ask that you discuss and discourage it. (Petition/Video)
The students recently walked out of class and staged a protest on the lawn of the school:
The students walked out of class to protest, but the walkout became a lockout when the students were locked out of the school. When the students tried to enter the school via another door, they were met by the school’s police officer.
Student Tia Hanson alleges the police officer behaved inappropriately.
“Then he starts like hitting people’s hands off the door and trying to pry them off. Nobody’s really giving up, then he turns to me, pushes me right there (placing her palm on her chest), into a crowd of people,” said Hanson, who captured video of the incident. (CBC)
Several of these students have now been suspended and banned from extra-curricular activities by the administration. One of the students was awarded the YMCA Peace Medallion for her activism and suspended by her high school in the same week. We say both are signs you’re on the right track.
Please contact the administration (FHS alumni especially) and sign the petition linked above in support of these incredible young people standing up for their rights.
Fredericton High School
300 Priestman Street, Fredericton, NB, E3B 6J8
Tel: 506 453-5435 Fax: 506 453-3050
#NBProchoice #ProchoixNB in solidarity.