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High School Starts Enforcing Dress Code--For Parents

Does the new policy on what adults can wear go too far?


High school dress codes have been the bane of students for decades--what words are allowed on a t-shirt, how long shorts must be, whether or not ball caps are permitted in class, etc. But at one Houston area school, parents are now the ones who must cope with a dress code.

According to CNN, James Madison High School has implemented new rules for what parents are allowed to wear on school grounds.

According to a letter from the school's principal, parents cannot enter school grounds while wearing pajamas or revealing clothing. The school is also prohibiting parents from wearing leggings, sagging pants, low-rider shorts, short dresses and low-cut tops. Women can't wear satin caps, hair curlers or shower caps.

"We are preparing your child for a prosperous future," Principal Carlotta Outley Brown wrote. "This is a professional educational environment where we are teaching our children what is right and what is correct or not correct."

Not all parents agree with the dress code. One mother told local television station KTRK that the school shouldn't worry about what parents are wearing .

"It doesn't matter how a parent should come," Rosemary Young said. "If we come here belligerent, out of control, things of that nature, that's what you have the police for, but what I wear should never be an issue."

"Having body parts exposed is one thing. Turning someone away because their hair's in rollers ... is a little ridiculous," Zeph Capo, president of the local teachers' union, told CNN. "Some of that stuff seems a little classist."

According to CNN, Houston Independent School District declined to comment.

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