Parents are unfolding in Texas’ Forney Independent School District to ban hoodies and dresses

Angry parents and students in Texas have accused their school district of implementing an “idiotic” dress code banning hoodies, skirts and dresses for the coming year.

The Forney Independent School District held a special board meeting Monday for members to discuss the new dress code that was passed the previous week. The new code prohibits students above fourth grade from wearing dresses, skirts or skorts All students, regardless of their class, are prohibited from wearing a long list of items including sleeveless shirts, T-shirts, anything with visible patterns, spandex and nylon, anything made of denim, and any jacket or sweatshirt with a hood. “Extreme” hair designs are also off the table.

According to local San Antonio radio station Q101.9, district officials said the change was necessary to boost student confidence, particularly those who come from financially disadvantaged backgrounds.

“The use of a school dress code is introduced to improve student self-esteem, bridge socio-economic gaps among students, and encourage positive behavior, thereby increasing school safety and improving the learning environment,” the dress code reads.

However, students and parents said the district’s reasoning was BS and that the code was just an archaic mode of control how students expressed themselves socially.

According to Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA, Forney Mayor Pro-Tem James Traylor, whose daughter goes to school in the district, told attendees that “no man should tell a woman what to wear.”

One parent called the ban “stupid,” while another said they shouldn’t have to ask permission for their daughter to dress “like a girl,” the WFAA reported. A student who created a petition against the district’s dress code protested the board’s decision by wearing a dress to the gathering. Another parent said that far from helping poorer families, the new code meant he would have to spend more to buy suitable clothes.

A district Facebook post asks volunteers to help with uniforms and community members did not hesitate to share their contempt.

“Sounds like a cult,” wrote Kimberly Kay. Mary O’Connell jokingly asked if the uniforms would replace “chastity belts”. “So Victorian,” she added.

“My child goes to a public school and it is unacceptable for a school district to ban the wearing of dresses and skirts above the knee,” said Mathew Ben-Yehuda. “Either you change the policy or my child can go to school at home.”

Elsewhere on social media, commentators speculated that the new code had little to do with “self-esteem” or “bridging socioeconomic gaps”.

“Who wants to guess who’s wearing dresses, skirts, skorts, jeans and hoodies?” a Social media user tweeted. “This certainly seems to be aimed at girls and non-white students.”

“It’s to prevent what they perceive as boys wearing dresses and skirts,” another Twitter user speculated. “It’s transphobia and we all know it.”

Administrators noted in the dress code that students violating the policy will be given “an opportunity to fix the problem at school” before being suspended from the school. They said repeat offenses could lead to more serious consequences, but didn’t specify which ones.

The Forney Independent School District did not immediately respond to The Daily Beast’s request for comment on Tuesday. Parents are unfolding in Texas’ Forney Independent School District to ban hoodies and dresses


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