166 sent home for violating Wilson schools dress code
Posted November 12, 2009
Updated November 13, 2009
Wilson, N.C. — More than 150 middle-school students in Wilson County will serve a three-day suspension for violating the school system's dress code, schools spokesman Bob Kendall said.
The 166 students were all first-time offenders of the Wilson County Schools' dress code, which was recently expanded to the middle school level, he said.
At the high school level at the beginning of the school year, about 100 students were sent home for low-riding pants or un-tucked shirts. The same thing was happening this week at the six middle schools and Daniels Learning Center.
The students, suspended Thursday, make up about 6 percent of the 2,700 students at the middle school level, Kendall said.
Wilson schools spokeswoman Amber Whitley noted that the punishment for dress code violations has also changed.
At the beginning of the school year, students would serve lunch detention for a first offense, after-school detention for a second offense and a three-day suspension for a third offense.
Now, she said, first and all subsequent violations of the policy result in three-day suspensions.