DUNCANVILLE — About 170 children were sent home Wednesday over violations of the dress code at Duncanville High School.
The large group of students were gathered into the school's cafeteria in the morning and told to go home for violations ranging from wearing a gray sweatshirt to not wearing a name tag.
According to school officials, the school does large sweeps targeting students not in compliance about three to four times a year. It's part of the school's zero tolerance policy started in 2003. During that year, more than 700 students were suspended during a two-month period over dress code violations.
Under the policy, students face a one-day suspension for a first offense, two days for a second and more than two days plus a loss of school privileges for a third offense.
"We didn't lose control, but some of our kids chose to make bad choices," said Principal Andre Smith.
However, students at the school said they were unaware of the school's sharp focus on attire.
"It hasn't been enforced all year," said Edward Ramirez, an 11th-grade student. "And we've actually never been given a warning before this."
Under the school's dress code, students aren't allowed to wear clothing with logos or designs, belts are required and skirts and dresses must be "hemmed at or below the bend of the knee." Students aren't allowed to wear denim or sweatshirts that aren't solid white or navy.
Many took to social media to express their thoughts on the suspensions.
"Consistency is important," said Malcom Chakery on WFAA's Facebook page. "If they were consistent from the start this would not be an issue."
In another argument, Misty Thompson backed the school's choice.
"That is why we have rules," she wrote on Facebook. "If there is a dress code, they should have to follow it. There is a dress code for most jobs."