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Supporting Some Teams is a Dress Code Violation at Oklahoma City Schools
An Oklahoma City elementary school student was forced to turn his shirt inside out because of it's message. The kindergartner's mother, Shannon Barton, said her son was wearing a University of Michigan t-shirt, which is a violation of the district's dress code.
"If it's not offensive, I think they should wear what they want to wear," Barton said. Barton's family is from Michigan.
The district does not allow students to wear clothing with sports teams logos, unless they are from Oklahoma colleges or universities. The rule was created in 2005, because of gang affiliations some teams carry. The rule also excludes all professional teams, including the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Several parents told Fox 25 that the rule is ridiculous. They said it was especially harsh at an kindergarten level, because of the likelihood of gang activity at that age.
"I don't think wearing different team shirt is going to disrupt class or something any more than an OU or OSU shirt would," one mother said.
Some parents agree do not mind the district rule, if it would be updated to include the Thunder.
"If they set the rule against not wearing other apparel from other states, I think that maybe we need to abide by that," another mother said.
The OKCPS Superintendent said the district will determine if the rule is outdated.
"This has presented an opportunity to review the current OKCPS District Dress Code Policy that has been in place since 2005. It states that clothing bearing names or emblems of all professional and collegiate athletic teams (with the exception of Oklahoma colleges and universities) are prohibited. In cooperation with the Oklahoma City Police Department Gang Task Force, the policy was approved in 2005 after concerns that nationwide gangs used popular sports clothing to represent individual gangs. As when any policy is questioned; OKCPS administration will review the policy to determine if changes need to be made," OKCPS Superintendent Karl Springer said in a statement.
The district would not comment further on the story.
Posted: Tuesday, August 21 2012, 09:52 PM CDT
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