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A North Carolina middle school is under fire for sending students home from school on a cold day without their winter coats.
The students apparently ran afoul of a strict uniform dress code policy at the Ranson IB Middle School in Charlotte that includes outerwear.
Chanda Spates told WBTV in Charlotte that three of her children came home Tuesday without their coats and said the teacher took them because they did not match the school uniform. Spates said at least 20 other students were sent home coatless that day for violating the dress code.
She said the students were told if they wanted their coats back to have their parents come up to the school.
Spates said her children were told that their coats were taken away because they were not the right color, hunter green. She said last year Ranson sold coats that matched the uniform. This year the coats were not available in the right color.
Charlotte’s temps Tuesday afternoon were in the high 30s.
The school issued a statement the following day, admitting that it goofed.
“Corrective action has been taken with the employee who did not return coats back to the students,” the statement added.
originally posted by: boymonkey74
a reply to: Anyafaj
Luxury I tell thee!!
When I was a lad we had to go down t' pit at the age of 7 and work 25 hours a day and then walk home 12 miles with no pants on in -10 gale force snowing storms all for 2 pence a week and If I didn't give me Da 2 pence 2 shillings he would kill me and dance on me grave.
Yeah back to the OP in one way I think oh the horror and then I think of what I had to go through as a kid at school playing rugby in the snow for three hours.
Character building they told us.
originally posted by: ketsuko
I would say that if you want the coat to match the dress code, then you make darn good and sure that you have coats available for sale that match the dress code. I'm not even sure we saw hunter green coats for sale this year.
originally posted by: xuenchen
The "educators" involved in this ....
do they have Masters degrees or just Bachelors ?
Fractional IQ I would imagine.
originally posted by: aboutface
This is the first time I've ever heard of a school dictating outerwear. What are they, fashion police for real now?
originally posted by: bigfatfurrytexan
a reply to: Anyafaj
My son's school tries the "use your cell phone, and we will take it up" policy. If you want it back, you have to pay $5. The flat truth is: it is theft and extortion. The teacher is free to take it up during school, but they are then responsible for it should it be broken/damaged. But it must be returned at the end of the day.
I have made it very clear with my sons school: you do not have permission to take my belongings and hold them hostage.
I have learned, however: dealing with your kids school is much easier when you set (and maintain) the expectation that you can be a real pain in the butt when they poke you too hard with that stick.