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Unbelievable School Decisions: Kids Don Prison Jumpsuits


Every year school districts across the country engage in the age-old debate over uniforms. Yet one school in Texas took a stand that has some wondering if it went too far.

Students at Gonzales High School were made to wear a blue jumpsuit, similar to the one pictured on Casey Anthony, if they violated the school's dress code. Students were not required to wear the shackles.

Anyone violating Gonzales High School’s strict dress code is required to change into what can only be described as a prison jumpsuit. The move angered many of the students’ parents, including Mary Helen Douglass who had a 17-year-old son at the school several years ago.

"They're not little prisoners," she told the Associated Press.

While typical student dress-code violations include outfits that display underwear, some garments that are perfectly acceptable in society would result in the “prison suit” punishment at Gonzales High. The AP reported that students coming to school in “spaghetti-strap tank tops…cargo pants or T-shirts may find themselves finishing the school day in the drab one-piece outfits.” Boys with earrings or facial hair would also face punishment.

The school’s administration said that no one who has violated the dress code is required to wear the jumpsuit. If an offender chooses not to wear the suit, however, he or she would be required to either have a change of clothes sent from home or attend in-school suspension.

"We're not going to force anybody to wear it," School Board President Genn Menking told the AP. "It is an additional option to allow us to keep kids in the educational classroom."

Despite the fact that the jumpsuits are designed to be a punishment, many of the students at Gonzales High feel as though they are “cool.”

"I don't think that jumpsuits are going to work, because my friends actually, instead of it being a punishment, they'll see it as an opportunity to be like, rebels," 2008 Gonzales Senior Class President Jordan Meredith told the AP. "I don't think there's going to be enough jumpsuits for everyone in the school."

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Article by Jason Tomaszewski, EducationWorld Associate Editor
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