On the nose: Students get body piercings despite dress code


Jessica Pinney (12) is one student who has a nose piercing, despite it being against dress code. Pinney got her nose piercing the summer before junior year, as a “spur of the moment” decision. Photo by Emily Weaver.

Andrea Maljaca

2017 is here, and with the new year comes new trends.  With that, administrators have continued to crack down on uniform violations that come with said trends. Items commonly demerited have mostly been missing school IDs, non-black jackets, and dyed hair. However, one thing that has been more openly addressed since the new year is face piercings. Two of the most popular piercings among the student body are nose rings and nose studs.

“When we get back [from break], we’ll still have the same dress code and uniform, so no weird hair colors, or rings, or studs on your face,” Ms. Tatiana Wiersema said. “If you get a piercing, you have to get a spacer or just take it out.”

While students are aware of the block against body piercings, which is stated in the high school and middle school planners given out in the beginning of the school year, many get piercings anyways.

“I can see why nose piercings are not condoned by administration, but it made me feel comfortable with myself,” Anabel Perez (11) said. Perez used to have a nose piercing before administration repeatedly told her to remove it. “If I went to any other school I would be able to wear it, but I’m not going to leave the school because of it.”

While not all students have nose piercings, many don’t have a problem with it, Kelsey Atkins (11), even thinking they’re really interesting.

“I understand the part [of the dress code] where the piercing shouldn’t be huge or distracting, but at the same time, if it’s something little it shouldn’t be a huge problem.”  Atkins said.   

The policy of no piercings is an all-AISD uniform policy. On the AISD website, modest uniform expectations, such as no body piercings, tattoos, facial jewelry are not allowed in schools with uniforms, but happen to be allowed in schools without uniforms.

“I understand that me choosing to get a nose piercing is violating dress code, but as an Ann Richards girl, I feel at school you are giving the idea to be yourself and express yourself in ways that you can,”  Latoya Bethel (9) said. “To me, getting a nose piercing was just another way to express myself. Not that I was purposefully trying to go against dress code, but I was simply expressing my uniqueness.”