FORNEY, Texas (WFAA) – Clothing with hoods, dresses, skirts and shorts is now banned for fifth graders and higher in the school district of Texas.
It is part of a new dress code that officials say will help improve the learning environment, and is being reciprocated by a second-year student.
In a few weeks, Brooklyn Holaman will be digging through her closet looking for clothes to wear for the first day of 10th grade.
“We were allowed to wear dresses and skirts and shorts and everything like that,” she said.
But this fall, high school student Forney will have to limit what she can wear.
Forney Independent School District is updating its dress code for the next school year.
The district has a seven-page document with every detail, but the most significant changes include the following: Hooded clothing must not be worn inside. These include sweatshirts, jackets and coats.
Dresses, skirts and shorts should also not be worn by fifth graders or older. From preschool to fourth grade, they are still allowed to wear the latter.
“I even have a younger sister who can no longer wear skirts,” Brooklyn said.
In a statement, Forney ISD writes that the dress code aims to “improve students’ self-esteem, bridge socio-economic disparities among students and promote positive behavior, thus increasing school safety and improving the learning environment.”
“I think people should be able to wear them as long as they’re appropriate,” Brooklyn said.
For students like Brooklynn, that’s not right. So she launched a petition, which has already collected thousands of signatures against the new dress code.
“You know, a young lady should be able to choose what to wear. They should not be forced to wear pants, ”said Derick Hollaman, Brooklyn’s father.
Her parents said they fully support her. Derick Hollaman said he spoke to the county to find out why the code was changed.
“I was told that hoods were basically a safety issue so that children would not take their hoods off,” he said. “When I asked about dresses, I was told they were trying to learn professionalism.”
The Hollaman family said they did not agree with the explanation.
“I don’t think adding this extra dress code will help the situation at all,” said Amy Hollaman, Brooklyn’s mother.
Brooklynn said Monday that she hopes to contact the school board and return the dress code to what it was before.
“We’ve gained momentum,” she said.
The chief was not available for questioning.
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