A Texas school district has banned hoodies, short dresses and ‘unnatural hair coloring’ in dress code intended to train students for the ‘future workforce’

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  • The Forney Independent School District prohibits students from wearing certain clothing, including hoodies.

  • The new dress code is intended to train students for the “future workforce,” the school district said.

  • Many students and parents, however, criticized the school for the dress code.

A school district in Texas has imposed a strict new dress code for students for the 2022-2023 school year, barring students from wearing clothing they consider unprofessional.

The Forney Independent School District, in a video posted June 22, called its new dress code “Back for the Future.”

The dress guidelines were intended to prepare students for the future workforce, according to a video released by the school district.

“There are so many important skills for the future workforce that we want to pass on to our children as they head into a prosperous future,” Superintendent Justin Terry said. “Things like creativity and collaboration are so important, but what’s also important are some of the fundamental core employability skills.”

The guidelines are restrictive, making certain clothing and hairstyles unacceptable. Many commonly worn items of clothing are inappropriate clothing at Forney, according to the ad.

A list of unacceptable clothing includes.

  • Shirts with visible stripes, checks, letters, words or other designs.

  • Sleeveless shirts

  • Thermal type shirts.

  • T shirts.

  • Zippered shirts or blouses.

  • Hoodies or outerwear.

  • Baggy pants.

  • Holes in clothes.

  • Cargo or carpenter style pants.

  • Football or boxer style shorts, windbreaker shorts/pants, athletic shorts/pants, sweat shorts/pants, spandex

  • Dresses.

  • Pants, shorts, sweaters and jumpsuits.

  • Leather, suede, vinyl, corduroy and denim; brads or studs.

Students also face the consequences of unnatural hair coloring and are required to self-medicate.

“They think it’s a scandal,” rookie Emma Devore told NBC 5, an NBC TV affiliate in Dallas, referring to the conversation between her friends. “They hate it. They keep saying how we should be able to express ourselves with what we wear…hoodies are very important.”

“I think taking the hoodies off is a bit too much,” Wendy Devore, Emma’s mother, told NBC 5. “I like that they have a dress code.”

Students and parents are reacting negatively to the school’s new dress code. An online petition posted Monday — created by student Brooklynn Hollaman — aims to fight the school district’s guidelines. More than 4,000 people signed the petition on Saturday.

“They claim to help boost self-esteem by forcing students to wear clothes that make them feel uncomfortable, but when forcing someone to do something has it ever been the right way to make them feel make it more comfortable?” Kenzie Garret posted as a reason to sign the petition.

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