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Wake County Reconsidering How Students May Dress

Posted February 26, 2002

— Your kids like to be in fashion, but what is considered "hip" could soon be out at Wake County Schools.

The school board is looking at some changes to put less focus on fashion.

"I think it is a big controversy, but I think it's one that needs to be settled and needs to be specified," student Mitch Danforth said.

Several committees are looking at two versions of the policy. Both forbid vulgar, distractive and revealing clothes.

One version does not allow strapless tops or tiny spaghetti straps, bare midriffs, or low-riding, tight jeans. Pants that are too tight and very short-shorts would be out too. Students with baggy pants would be busted. Students wearing hats in class would meet disciplinary action.

The policy would also ban colorful hairdos of the purple, orange, or neon yellow variety. Large, metal chains would be banned since they could be used as weapons.

Another version of the proposal does not contain the specific items of clothes prohibited, giving school principals more discretionary power.

The policy would affect elementary, middle and high school students.

The school system is inviting the public to comment on both versions through April 15. A public hearing will be scheduled if the board moves forward on a dress policy change.

Johnston County already has a uniform dress policy instituted in the 2000-2001 school year. School leaders said the new policy is going well.

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