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Fort Bragg Parent Upset Over Base's School Dress Code Policy

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FORT BRAGG — The military is well known for its dress code, but a Fort Bragg mom isupset over the base's policy.

All students who go to school on post must wear blue, red, or white shirts and khaki or dark blue pants. Marena Groll says the dress code policy strips herson of his First Amendment rights.

"We can literally drape our children in redwhite and blue in school uniforms, and then suggest thesepractices that are so un-American," she says. "It's very offensive to suggest to aparent that only military basechaplain has the authority to validate your morality."

The superintendent will make exceptions onlyfor medical and religious reasons. All religious requests must be clearedthrough the post's chaplain.

Groll says she does not want her son tohave special treatment. She just wants him tohave options.

"We simply want him to be able to get up in themorning and be able to dress in blue, green, yellow, red -- whatever colorsuits his mood," she says.

An example of a religious exception would befor a child who is Muslim orJewish and wanted to wear special headgear or clothes.

Col. Tad Davis, Fort Bragg city manager, says he isnot aware of any child this year who asked for an exception to the dresscode policy based on religious reasons.