Law Enforcement Called After Grossmont High School Protest In El Cajon – NBC 7 San Diego
El Cajon school officials called for help from law enforcement on Monday after a lunchtime dress code protest at Grossmont High School.
A spokesperson for the Grossmont Union High School District said students refused to return to class and the situation worsened with students throwing apples and water bottles.
“To calm the situation and ensure the safety of the students, a ‘secure campus’ was called and a response from law enforcement was required,” tweeted school district information officer PIO Collin McGlashen. “Law enforcement remains on campus to ensure an orderly return to class so that the school day can continue.”
Sky Ranger 7 arrived at the scene shortly before 1 p.m., but could not find any kind of deadlock between the police and the students. One person, however, was seen on a stretcher apparently taken away for some sort of medical treatment. Shortly after 5 p.m., NBC 7 was notified by the district that the patient was experiencing an asthma-related event.
Nearly a dozen police cars were spotted parked at the entrance to the school when Sky Ranger 7 was overhead, and groups of students were seen walking around the campus . Later that day, a district official told NBC 7 that four students had been detained and released.
At approximately 1:20 p.m., a group of what appeared to be 20 to 30 demonstrators with a large banner were seen walking towards the entrance to the school.
Some students at the school are demanding an end to the dress code in high school – where outside temperatures rose above 90 degrees on Monday – after posting a petition on Change.org.
“Grossmont High School just posted an email to all parents and students regarding updates and reminders on our dress code,” posted the creator of the petition. “This email appears to have caused an uproar in the student body, and rightly so. I have asked many of my fellow students via social media, and it seems our thoughts on the matter are unanimous.”
The petitioner adds: “I will show my legs, I will show my shoulders, I will show my stomach. Not only because it is extremely hot outside, but there is nothing wrong with these parts of my body. There’s nothing wrong with yours either. It doesn’t distract any other student, and if it does, we should teach our students not to sexualize and objectify. “
Late Monday afternoon, NBC 7 confirmed the contents of the dress code, which can be seen below:
Grossmont High School DRESS CODE
Students are expected. . . maintain a safe environment at school.
In an effort to enhance the learning atmosphere in the Grossmont Union High School District, students will dress in a way that reflects positively about themselves, their parents, and their school. Just as adults must conform to workplace standards, so too must students.
Clothing should not be oversized or fitted, including extra long shirts. All clothing must have sleeves. Shoes must be worn at all times.
Headgear: hats, bandanas, suitable absorbent headbands, etc. . . can be worn on campus outside of teaching hours (outside the classroom). To ensure that the educational process is not disrupted in the classroom, HATS AND HOODS and / or headgear that covers the eyes and / or ears of students may not be worn in class, unless authorized by the teacher. Other headgear related to a specific religious practice is permitted.
Unacceptable dress includes the following; (all unacceptable clothes are not listed).
- Sleeveless clothing.
- Pants should have finished edges and fitted at the waist and crotch. They cannot be cut low.
- Loose pants are not allowed. The pants must be able to hold without a belt and must not drag on the floor.
- Shirts should be long enough to be tucked in.
- Oversizing or shape adjustment of any kind is not permitted.
- No jerseys, except GHS track and field jerseys, are allowed.
- Clothes with underwear showing.
- Spaghetti Straps / Strapless / Single Sleeves / Off Shoulder / Halter / Tube Shirts or Dresses.
- Muscle tank shirts or underwear shirts.
- Clothes too low-cut (no visible neckline).
- Hoods must be worn, except outdoors in rainy weather.
- Backless or racerback shirts (shirts that do not fully cover the back).
- Bare tummy (stomach) cannot be exposed (tops should be long enough to be tucked in but no longer than 4 “beyond the waist)
- Slippers and pajamas.
- Micro-mini skirts, dresses and short shorts.
- Clothing displaying logos of racist groups or gangs, obscene language, vulgar gestures, racist, ethnic or sexual slurs or symbols of hatred, prejudice, intolerance or discrimination on any clothing, jewelry or belt.
- Wear clothing or accessories that advertise alcohol, tobacco, drugs (including mushrooms), death and violence (skulls, guns) or sexually oriented, such as “Playboy” or ” Hustler “
- Wallet or waist chains.
- Pointed jewelry.
- Athletic or club spirit phrases with inappropriate double meanings – teams and clubs are urged to get approval from the assistant manager before making spirit shirts.
The consequences range from a change of clothing provided by the school to suspension. In extreme cases, a parent will be called in to bring a change of clothes. The student will have to make an exchange for inappropriate clothing after school. Continued disregard for the dress code may result in after-school detention or suspension. At no time is the school responsible for confiscated items. Objects not collected at the end of the semester will be given to a non-profit association.
The dress code is a dynamic document. Changes can be made at any time during the school year.
Discretion may be used in determining the appropriate dress for the class by the administration. Students and parents will be notified of any changes through the report card.
As for the student on the stretcher, it was not for an injury, rather doctors were caring for a person who was suffering from an asthma-related event.