Video About School Dress Code Causes Stir in Shamokin

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COAL TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Out of dress code. This is how the Shamokin Area School District describes tight pants on students.

For some parents, the video released earlier this week does not sit well.

“I thought it was sexist to tell you the truth I don't think it is fair for the boy and the girls. They should both be able to wear what they can,” said Robin Dorkoski.

“It is not allowing any of the students to show their individuality and it is all based on the female so I think the school is being sexist on the dress code,” said Nikysha Gulba.

The 54-second video focuses only on pants worn by girls.

School officials tell Newswatch 16 the video was created after an increase of dress code violations.

The school district's website clearly states baggy clothes and spandex are not permitted.

The video was released by the Shamokin Area School District just a couple weeks into the school year. Parents we spoke to questioned the timing of it, saying if anything it should have been released earlier.

“We already did all of our shopping and so why would they go around and do this it is not fair for low-income people,” said Jose Valentin.

Nikysha Gulba has two girls at the elementary school and believes the district-wide dress code needs to be fixed.

“It needs to be relaxed no vulgar writing no pants around your knees, no short shorts these kids need to be able to express themselves."

For families who cannot afford new clothes, district officials point out that a number of clothing options are available for students at the school.


  • Julie Comp

    The problem with this dress code is it’s very subjective. What is too tight? Are they going to tell a 300 lb girl her pants are too tight? I don’t think so.

  • Jason Tweed

    I understand having a dress code and being required to follow it, however, it definitely should not impact boys and girls differently. It definitely should not impact low income and high-income families differently. Lastly, the dress code should include input from the student body and the teachers. As a business manager, I know that the only rules that are followed are rules that are created in cooperation with employees, not forced upon them. High school kids are smart. Give them credit.

  • jsrant

    If these kids can’t follow a dress code now how will they be when it comes to getting a job? If you want to express yourself do it after school.

  • WNEPMonitor (@WnepM)

    This reeks of puritanical attempts to christianize school. Some god-wad got mad the kids have developing bodies and are bible-crying in the Administration building. There was exactly nothing wrong with those pants.

  • jsrant

    Sounds to me certain people don’t want to follow rules. Same people who want or live in sanctuary cities. Express themselves, give me a break. Your there to learn not a fashion show.

    • Ariana Manley

      If we are there to learn and its not a fashion show then why do they care so much about what we wear? Students will be bullied either way may it be because the have glasses or they are more on the heavy weight side, shoes, hair etc. I don’t mind having a formal dress code like khaki, blue or black pants and a polo but no hoodies? No piercings? No colored hair? That is a disgrace and I am saying this in the kindest form possible speaking as a student that attends SAHS.

      • Christina Conrad

        Those issues ahve been around forever, they’re nothing new. I lived in Shamokin and had children attend that school. The dress code was pretty clear when it started and you kids have pushed it to this point. Hair is not meant to be blue or pink or purple. Get over it and go to school. There are reasons for that dress code and it’s not to upset precious children’s individuality. It’s to make everyone look the same. No high class vs low in the clothing dept. Poor kids just want to do what they want. Wake up… the real world isn’t like that. Better you learn now that be “surprised” later.

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