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The right to bare arms: Do you think sleeveless shirts should be banned from school?

Posted by Kristi Palma  September 28, 2012 06:39 AM

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Michelle Obama on "The View" with husband Barack Obama and Barbara Walters and Joy Behar. Local student Elizabeth Skerry points to Michelle Obama as an influential woman who bares her shoulders.

Elizabeth Skerry, a 17-year-old high school student from Plaistow, N.H., is fighting for her right to bare arms.

That is, the right to bare her arms -- in a sleeveless shirt.

She has even begun a campaign at Timberlane Regional High School called "The Right to Bare Arms," reports the AP.

She is protesting her school's dress code, which says she can't show her shoulders, Skerry told WHDH in an interview.

"I don't see how (shoulders are) a distraction," Skerry told WHDH. "Because that's what they kept stressing to me, 'Oh, shoulders are a distraction in the classroom.'"

She pointed out that plenty of influential women opt to go sleeveless, including Michelle Obama. She showed WHDH a photo display she created of celebrities showing off their shoulders.

Skerry's school's dress code says children can't wear "exposed underwear, see-through attire and clothing that exposes the stomach or cleavage. It says shorts, skirts and dresses can be no shorter than mid-thigh," reports the AP.

Skerry took her concerns to the school board and also began a petition.

Do you think sleeveless attire should be banned at school?

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