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Ludlow High student claims dress code is "sexist", creates petition

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A Ludlow High School student has created an online petition claiming the dress code at the school is "sexist."

This comes after she said that her younger sister, also a student at the high school, was sent home for showing too much of her shoulder, saying it was distracting to learning environment. 

Emily Midwood's petition on the website Care2 has already reached nearly 10,000 signatures so far.  Her goal was to reach 10,000.

In the petition, Midwood claims that her sister walked into school with a romper on, exposing her shoulders.  She said that the back is not open and the length of the dress is the proper length. 
Midwood added that the school immediately sent her sister home to change and then when she returned to school, the school marked her late.

Midwood would like to see dress codes gender neutral and hopes this petition will help change that. 

"Guys show muscle tanks that show their shoulders and they're ripped all the way down to their pants and show their entire torso, and we can't show our shoulders.  It's directly targeted towards women and we want it enforced for everyone or not enforced at all," Midwood noted.

We did reach out to Ludlow Public Schools.  Supt. Todd Gazda told us in a statement: "We continually review our policies to ensure they are up to current standards.  With respect to policies such as dress code, we are always trying to balance the students' rights to self expression with the need to ensure that student attire does not distract from or disrupt the educational process."

Midwood said that she and some of her fellow classmates will be presenting their new changes to the schools principal next week in hopes it then goes to the school board for final approval. 

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