‘This is asinine’: Texas school board slammed over dress code that bans dresses, skirts, and hoodies

(Video Credit: CBSDFW)

Texas parents were incensed and angrily sounded off after a school district decided to impose a highly restrictive dress code on students that bans dresses, skirts, blouses, hoodies, and denim.

Forney Independent School District encompasses 18 elementary, middle, and high schools just east of Dallas. The district announced last week that the new, over-the-top, freedom-squelching rules will be imposed on 14,000 students next term, beginning August 11.

The interim mayor of Forney, James Traylor, whose daughter attends school in the district, bluntly called the rules “asinine” on Monday night as parents and students decried the new code during a school board meeting.

“I don’t think any man should be telling a woman what they should wear. I work with women daily, and they wear dresses, skirts, and they’re professional,” he proclaimed.

A tenth-grade student named Brooklynn Hollaman took the podium at the meeting while wearing a dress. If the dress code is implemented, students above the fourth grade will no longer be permitted to wear one.

Hollaman has started a petition to stop the dress code. It now has more than 5,000 signatures.

“I don’t agree with it,” she stated at the meeting. “Hopefully, they’ll change their mind, a lot of people are on my side right now. I think the dress code is unfair, and I’m wearing this dress tonight to contradict what the district is stating.”

“Any sensible person can realize that this is completely wrong,” Hollaman remarked according to KSAT. “I even have a little sister that can’t wear skirts anymore.”

Parents can request an exception for specific clothing.

One parent was angered over that prospect and asked, “Do I really need to request permission for my girl to be a girl?”

Christian Reed told WFAA that he felt the new rules would limit self-expression and creativity.

“I think it’s putting a huge limit on kids and children in this district to express themselves,” he charged. “You know, we have to buy a set of clothes for school and then a set for everyday life. Most school districts aren’t doing this.”

CBS DFW reported that one parent at the meeting called out some of the board members for wearing dresses and skirts saying, “It’s almost like your narrative doesn’t fit reality.”

They even produced a slick video to justify the move in the name of “professionalism.” District officials claim the dress code was designed “to improve student self-esteem, bridge socio-economic differences among students, and promote positive behavior, thereby enhancing school safety and improving the learning environment.”

To many critics, however, it also appeared to be an attempt to erase gender by reducing apparel to the same articles of clothing for all students.

(Video Credit: Forney ISD)

“Every profession has a dress code, whether it’s scrubs, a welding helmet, or a chef’s apron,” a student in the video declares.

“The way I dress plays an important role in professionalism and safety, both in the classroom and on the job site,” the child says, obviously parroting a script.

The video attempts to further justify the stance by listing “Professionalism and Strong Work Ethic” as one of the top employee traits that employers look for.

Justin Terry, the superintendent of the school district, chimes in, “Things like creativity and collaboration are so important, but what’s also important are some of the foundational baseline employability skills.”

“We are so excited to reset this bar with you – with our parents, with our community members, with all of our business partners – as we work together to take our schools, our classrooms back for the future of our kids to have a safe, enjoyable and excitable learning environment with Forney ISD,” he says playing off the 1980s classic movie “Back to the Future.”

In response, Newsmax host Rob Carson tweeted, “These jackasses forced kids to wear stupid masks for two years, and now they’re telling girls they can’t wear dresses. STOP THIS STUPID CRAP NOW.”

Unfortunately, parents were never given a say in the matter.

NBC is reporting that the list of “unacceptable” clothing includes:

  • Visible stripes, checks, lettering, wording, or other designs.
  • Sleeveless.
  • Thermal type shirts. T-shirts. Zippered shirts or blouses.
  • Hooded sweatshirts or outerwear.
  • Hats, caps, bandanas, or other non-religious head coverings worn inside the school building.
  • Leather, suede, vinyl, corduroy, and denim materials (not including outerwear).
  • Baggy-style legged slacks.
  • Holes in clothing.
  • Cargo or Carpenter style pants.
  • Soccer or boxer style shorts, wind shorts/pants, athletic shorts/pants, sweat shorts/pants, spandex (except in PE/Athletics, Cheer, or Drill classes only).
  • Dresses.
  • Overall pants, overall shorts, overall jumpers, and coveralls.
  • Leather, suede, vinyl, corduroy, and denim materials; brads or studs.

Sufficient “underclothing is required” as well and undershirts “must be one of the approved solid colors, with no printing or designs,” according to the new rules.

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