Dress Code Battle
"I will stand behind my daughter and every other kid," said Patty Bryant of Russellville.
Parents and students from Cole County R-1 High School in Russellville are speaking out against recent revisions in the school's dress code. On September 15th, the School Board approved a rule preventing students from wearing jeans with holes in them.
"One of them brought a pair of jeans out of the room and said, 'I can get in trouble for wearing these.' and it was just a hole in the knee," said Matt Feltrop, a Russellville parent.
Cole County's Superintendent refused to speak to the press saying the story has been blown out of proportion. He did say the school is standing by it's decision despite a few angry parents. In the meantime, students wearing holes in their jeans will have to cover them in duct tape.
"I would rather see a stylish pair of jeans with holes placed in them rather than duct tape all over my daughter's clothes. So yeah, I was very upset," said Feltrop.
Students who don't abide by the rule get an in school suspension.
"Most of the kids go ahead and wear the clothes they want to, and they get sent to the office," said Russellville Senior Andy Ott.
And parents say girls are getting off easy with the new rules while boys get most of the suspensions. Whatever the argument, parents agree the issue is hurting their kids' education.
"These are things that have nothing to do with education," Bryant said. "I know several students who were getting fairly decent grades and all of a sudden it's gone downhill, and that's ridiculous."
Parents also say the school is discriminating against kids for wearing bright clothing, eye liner, and nail polish.