Students at Kahuku voice opinions on school's dress codeUPDATED 7:22 PM HST Aug 29, 2013Video Transcript
Some students at Kahuku Intermediate and High School say the school's dress code has gone too far, by requiring girls to cover-up too much. A petition started this week hopes to change the policy... while giving students a voice on how they dress. KITV4's Andrew Pereira has the story ... new at 6. The home of the Red Raiders is not feeling too cozy. The culprit? A dress code that requires girls' shorts, skirts and dresses to be the length of your middle finger when arms are by your sides. Some say the dress code is not cool for school. INDIA PYZEL: "YOU'RE WORRYING ABOUT LIKE HOW YOU'RE SWEATING AND YOUR BACK AND IT'S GROSS AND YOU DON'T FEEL COMFORTABLE AND YOU DON'T FEEL FOCUSED ON YOUR LEARNING. AND YOU JUST KIND OF LIKE SIT THERE AND YOU'RE LIKE, 'OK, CAN I GO HOME NOW." Those who don't follow the dress code are sent to the school cafeteria. Once there, students do custodial work... ISABELLA WALKER: "PERSONALLY, I HAD TO TAKE OUT THE TRASH AND WIPE THE TABLES." Or, students do nothing at all. ISABELLA WALKER: "IF YOUR PARENTS DON'T BRING YOU ANY CLOTHES, YOU'RE STUCK THERE FOR THE WHOLE DAY, OR FOR HOW EVER LONG THE DAY IS." Now India Pyzel and Isabella Walker are fighting back. They've started a petition at school and online that says... "We want to be able to wear yoga and workout pants as long as they aren't see through. We also want to shorten the required length of shorts to thumb length." Pyzel and Walker say the Kahuku dress codes resembles that of BYU-Hawaii, part of the Mormon Church. ISABELLA WALKER: "THERE'S A LOT OF DIFFERENT RELIGIONS AND WE BELIEVE IN HOW WE WANT TO DRESS AND WE DON'T THINK IT'S A SCHOOL'S JOB TO TELL US HOW TO DRESS. AND I DO BELIEVE THERE SHOULD BE SOME DRESS CODE, AS LONG AS YOU COME TO SCHOOL IN A TASTEFUL ATTIRE." ANDREW PEREIRA: "THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION SAYS EACH SCHOOL'S COMMUNITY COUNCIL IS RESPONSIBLE FOR SETTING UP DRESS CODE GUIDELINES. AN OFFICIAL AT KAHUKU HIGH AND INTERMEDIATE SAYS THIS YEAR'S DRESS CODE IS NOTHING NEW, BUT RATHER A REINFORCEMENT OF AN EXISTING POLICY THAT'S BEEN AROUND FOR YEARS." INDIA PYZEL: "OUR VICE- PRINCIPAL, MRS. MACADANGDANG, TOLD US THAT IF WE WANT TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT, THE STUDENTS HAVE A VOICE AND DO A PETITION." That petition, both online and on sheets of paper, has garnered over 600 signatures since the girls began their effort Monday. The DOE says a school's dress code must represent the views of the majority of the school community. We'll keep you posted on what happens. Back to you.