Male Student Wears Crop Top to School to Protest Girls' Dress Code — and Doesn't Get Punished
"I wanted to see, well, if the girls are getting dress coded for that, what if I do it?" Phillip Rodriguez told Today Style
A high school senior’s dress code protest is going viral — because he wasn’t punished for a violation.
Phillip Rodriguez, a senior at Hueneme High School in Oxnard, California, told Today Style that he wore a crop top to school last month as an experiment.
“I wanted to see, well, if the girls are getting dress coded for that, what if I do it?” explained the 17-year-old.
He cut up a plain white t-shirt, and paired it with jeans, updating his Twitter followers throughout the day. Before donning the outfit, he shared photos of the look and wrote, “Told ya’ll I would do it, catch me tomorrow wearing this to see if I get dress coded.”
During the school day, he shared, “UPDATE: I’m in 6th period water polo and I have not gotten dress coded. The day is practically over now. I think we all have our answer.”
Rodriguez told Today Style that his teachers were “just surprised” about the look but “didn’t say anything bad.” He recalled, “They were just questioning me, like, that’s weird — why did you wear that?”
Ultimately, he said he was not punished for wearing the top. Rodriguez said that typically, students are either asked to change or sent home by staff and teachers if they are deemed to be violating the dress code.
The school’s full dress code was not available online, and Hueneme High School did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for additional comment.
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Rodriguez also told the outlet that he hatched his experiment after a week of record high temperatures for autumn in Oxnard. “They want to wear something comfortable … so they wore stuff that would reveal their shoulders, or a little stomach here and there. And shorts. But they would always get dress coded for it. I felt that wasn’t exactly right,” he explained.
Of the story getting a lot of attention online, Rodriguez said, “Maybe our school is not the only one that has a problem.”