(09/29/2012)
By Bob Weaver

Conflict surfaced Friday at Calhoun Middle-High School regarding violations of the school systems dress code.

"This morning several students were determined to be in violation of the student dress code," said superintendent Roger Propst, related to holes in blue jeans.

Propst said in previous years wearing jeans with holes in them below mid-thigh level was permitted, but the school board changed the policy in the 2012-13 student handbook, prohibiting wearing jeans with holes in them, regardless of their location on the jeans.

Jeans with holes have become popular dress in recent years.

Reportedly 80 or more students were involved in the jean protest Friday, and some were either sent home or called their parents to come and get them.

Some students reportedly created a petition over the issue.

Propst said no students will be disciplined over the protest.

Propst told the Herald Friday that because the change was not communicated to parents prior to the beginning of the current school year when students received their handbooks, and most parents had already purchased school clothing for the year, he had revised back to the earlier policy.

That policy allowed jeans with holes below mid-thigh.

"I am satisfied we have addressed the students' and parents' concerns appropriately," Propst said.

School administrator Kelli Whytsell, said some students went to their lockers and rectified the problem and returned to the classroom without any intervention from the office.

Propst issued a statement, which said:

1. Jeans with holes below mid-thigh level (same as last school year) are acceptable for the 2012-13 School Year.

2. It should be noted that some jeans worn today were not acceptable under the previous mid-thigh regulation, and therefore not acceptable for 2012-13.

3. No child has or will be disciplined for today's violations, and no unexcused absences will be entered for a student whose parents may have taken them home.


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