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Warren dress code limits colors

Students in Warren Co. schools will choose from a limited color palette when they go back to school in August.

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WARRENTON, N.C. — Students will return to Warren County schools this fall in standard colors, the school board decided Monday night.

Under the new dress code, bottoms must be black, navy or khaki; tops must be white, light blue or a designated school color. Shirt tails must be tucked in, undergarments can not be visible and clothes that are too baggy or too tight are prohibited.

The dress code takes effect when school resumes in August.

School administrators said they believe the dress code will discourage "gang-like" activity, in which students identify with groups by wearing certain colors and logos.

"I could imagine, if you go into a restroom and you see someone dressed all in a certain color – I would be sort of reluctant to go in," Warren County High School Principal Joyce Long said.

Some parents have been against the dress code from the start.

"It's not a private school. It's a public school, and I buy my clothes for my children," parent Christine Dunham said. "I don't think they have a right to tell me what to buy."

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Beau Minnick, Reporter

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