Over 5,000 sign petition to change dress code in Fort Mill schools

Over 5,000 sign petition to change dress code in Fort Mill schools


VIOLATORS AND CAUGHT ONE FUGITIVE. IN ADDITION MORE THAN A DOZEN OTHER CITATIONS WERE WRITTEN. 6,000 PEOPLE SIGNED A PETITION CALLING FOR CHANGE FOR THE FORT MILLS SCHOOL DISTRICT DRESS CODE. SOME PARENTS TOLD US THEY THINK THAT THE FEMALE STUDENTS ARE TREATED UNFAIRLY COMPARED TO THE YOUNG MEN. THE PETITION SAYS THAT THE RULES, ESPECIALLY FOR GIRLS ARE UNFAIR. AARON EDWARDS SPOKE WITH PARENTS AND THE DISTRICT. YOU LEARNED THE DISTRICT IS REVIEWING THE DRESS CODE? YES, THE DISTRICT IS LOOKING INTO THE DRESS CODE POLICY. PARENTS SAY THE BIGGEST PROBLEM THEY HAVE IS THE MESSAGE IT SENDS TO THEIR CHILDREN. MY BIGGEST CONCERN IS THAT THIS IS A CRITICAL PERIOD OF CHILD DEVELOPMENT. PARENTS FROM SCHOOLS THROUGHOUT FORT MILLWORKING TO CHANGE WHAT THEY CALL AN UN– FORT MILL WORKING TO CHANGE WHAT THEY CALL UNFAIR DRESS CODE. THE DRESS CODES STATES NO DRESS FOUR INCHES ABOVE THE KNEE, TOPS LONG ENOUGH TO BE TUCKED IN AND SHOULDERS CAN NOT SHOW. THE PARENTS SAY THE SCHOOLS ARE NOT CONSISTENT. THEY TELL ME THE GIRLS IN THESE PHOTOS RECEIVE DRESS CODE VIOLATION. THERE ARE SOME CHILDREN THAT JUST GET TOLD TO DO BETTER NEXT TIME AND THERE ARE SOME CHILDREN THAT GET MEASURED IN FRONT OF THEIR PEERS IN FRONT OF THE CLASS. Reporter: AND THEY HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THE REASON FOR THE DRESS CODE. THEY ACTUALLY HAVE SAID HOW IT IS A DISTRACTION TO THE BOYS. I JUST FIND A REALLY HARD TIME WITH THAT. IT IS NOT REALLY GIVING A LOT OF FAITH TO OUR YOUNG BOYS IN THE SCHOOL OF, THAT THEY CAN CONTROL THEMSELVES. Reporter: THEY SAY GIRLS ARE HELD TO STRICTER ENFORCEMENT. GUYS OFTENTIMES WEAR SHORTS LIKE MIDWAY TO THEIR THIGH AND I KNOW LIKE THE VARSITY FOOTBALL TEAM HAD THEIR JERSEYS ROLLED UP, SHOWING SHOULDERS THE WHOLE DAY. THE DISTRICT SENT US A STATEMENT READING, IN PART, QUOTE THE DISTRICT IS AWARE OF SOME CONCERNS ABOUT THE DRESS CODE POLICY CIRCULATING ON SOCIAL MEDIA. WE ARE CONDITIONALLY REVIEWING OUR POLICY. IT GOES ON TO SAY OUR DISTRICT POLICY WAS LAST MODIFIED IN 2017 AND IT IS IN LINE WITH THE MAJORITY OF NONUNIFORM DRESS POLICY ACROSS OUR STATE. THE POLICY IS DESIGNED TO BE GENDER NEUTRAL AND IT IS APPLIES EQUALLY TO MALES AND FEMALES. PARENTS ARE HOPING TO WORK WITH THE DISTRICT TO REACH A COMMON GROUND. OBVIOUS LOW THEY ARE LOOKING FOR CHANGE. WHAT IS THE NEXT STEP? PARENTS SAY THEY PLAN TO

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