Duncanville High School Suspends 170 Kids For Dress Code Violations, Nearly Causes a Riot

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A decade ago, the Duncanville Independent School District kicked off the 2003-04 school year by suspending 700 kids for dress code violations. The crackdown made headlines, but the first didn't appear until late September, more than a month after the district began booting kids from class for infractions as minor as wearing an untucked shirt or failing to wear an ID badge.

When Duncanville High School officials launched a similarly draconian dress-code sweep this morning -- reportedly sending kids home for having chin stubble (per the DHS dress code, "Mustaches are permitted, provided they do not extend beyond or below the edge of the lips and are neatly trimmed") or wearing pants made of an improper material ("Denim, jean, or workout or warm-up material is not permitted") -- the backlash was much more immediate.

For that, thank Twitter and Instagram, where kids have been going nuts about the suspensions (reportedly about 170) all day. Case in point:

All rioting, for the record, seems to have been confined to social media. DHS Principal Andre Smith tells WFAA's David Schecter he "didn't lose control, but some of our kids chose to make bad choices."

Speaking of bad choices, how about booting kids from class for absurdly insignificant rules violations? And doing so without considering that your entire student body is equipped with a device enables them to instantly broadcast their outrage to a) every other student on campus and b) every news outlet in Dallas-Fort Worth, some of whom will decide the situation calls for the deployment of helicopters? Pretty dumb, Duncanville High School.

DHS seniors, take heart from the fact that you are less than two weeks from never having to set foot in that godforsaken prison again. The rest, now's a good as time as any to learn that the real world is filled with maddeningly stupid, arbitrary rules. Best for your blood pressure not to get too worked up about them.

Like this kid. He's got things in perspective:

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noblefurrtexas
noblefurrtexas

Just this week, national Secretary of Education Arne Duncan launched an investigation of why blacks and Hispanics are so unsuccessful in school, and later at getting jobs. 

All he needs to do is visit Duncanville, Texas, where discipline and student citizenship have been trashed by equally incompetent adults - including what passes for "parents".

I strongly disagree with the notion that rules of common courtesy, dress codes, and behavior are not important in our school systems.  Students are not there JUST to learn reading, writing, and 'rithmetic.  They are also there to learn discipline, good citizenship, working with groups, staying on task, and behaviors that will be successful in the workplace.

Yes; a district that fails to enforce rules and then suddenly enforces them is partially at fault.  After all, such lax enforcement is famous in history for starting riots and wars.  But, this is high school paid for by the taxpayers, and rules are rules.

The FIRST thing that needs to happen is a school assembly where the rules and penalties are clearly explained and enforced.  Student opinions are not an issue.  (We don't let inmates run the asylum.)  But, the schools need to demand NO CELL PHONES OR BLACKBERRIES MAY BE USED AFTER THE FIRST BELL RINGS, UNTIL SCHOOL IS OUT.  First infractions can result in the device being confiscated for the day.  Second infractions should result in confiscation.

Either the school and the parents are serious about what takes place in taxpayer-paid educational campuses, or not.

emilydtaylor
emilydtaylor

Why do you feel like kids shouldn't have to comply with the rules of their school or district? As a middle school teacher in DISD, I would say that kids feel that they are in charge and they will let you know whether or not they should be subject to your "rules" and "expectations".

If the rules haven't been consistently enforced throughout the year, I can understand why students are frustrated (trust me, teachers are too); but that still doesn't justify the student's decision to break the rules.

I want my students to get the best education that I can provide - they deserve that. However, other students who are out of compliance with school rules may require a disproportionate amount of teacher's time and attention, essentially robbing great students of quality instructional time with their teachers.

Life check: can you break dress code at your job and get away with it for long?

We are supposed to be preparing these kids to be successful adults after all...

iwearblack
iwearblack

By my estimation, this is good training for the future for a lot of these miscreants... By the time they get to Huntsville, they'll know how to do the minimum to conform to the rules and/or riot when they're tired of following those rules... Finally, a school district that's providing a useful education to its students! Are you paying attention DISD?!? :|

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

Pictured are Richie, Potsie and Ralph getting the last laugh.

wicks8
wicks8

My job requires me to wear a certain dress code. Maybe I'll rebel and wear what I want even though it's been a rule from the beginning. Damn the man. I'm such a victim.

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

Looks like this one day gave the kids a better education than the other 719.

Anyone have dhs STAAR ranking?

cboden556
cboden556

First, Mando should learn how to spell and use apostrophes before talking about starting a riot.

Second, follow the dress code. It's given to every student at the beginning of the year. If they don't like it then they should get their parents involved to petition the school board to change it.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

All rioting, for the record, seems to have been confined to social media.

Given the examples of white-house-orchestrated grassroots hashtag assaults that have so successfully stopped Putin's expansionism and the kidnapping of schoolgirls by Islamists, these kids have their

#shittogether

Tim.Covington
Tim.Covington

I thought Mesquite's dress code was harsh when I went there. But, it was nowhere near as bad as this. To be honest, if they are going this far, they should just madate school uniforms and be done with it.

wcvemail
wcvemail

Granted that these rules seem rather 1950s, the school district really erred by trying to impose the crackdown in May, rather than early in the school year. "What are they gonna do, suspend me for the summer?!"

And in the longer term, most of these kids are in for a harsh awakening once they revolt on the job.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

I managed to get through school with dress codes, only getting suspended a few times - hair touching collar, shirt partially untucked, once I wore jeans because I needed a three-day suspension to visit a girlfriend.

Later, in the corporate world, I had to deal with a dress code too, but I never got suspended.

Rules are like, so totally stupid sometimes but they're like, you know, rules. Sometimes you just have to follow them. You may not like them, but shut up or pay the penalty, or fine, or tax, whatever.

roo_ster
roo_ster

Meh, riots are why we have belt-fed crew-served weapons. 

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

Duncanville students need to put on their uniforms like good worker bees. If we've learned anything in the past few years from the fuss over the school system, it's that the purpose of education is to prepare a docile and well-trained workforce. An important part of that docility is not having your mustache extend below your upper lip.  

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@noblefurrtexas

Given historical trends, my guess is that the conclusion of the cited study will avoid politically-untenable mentions of parenting, or culture, which may have a negative effect on the self-esteem of students, which will cause them to react negatively. This is known as the Viscous circle of inconvenient truths, and must be avoided.

The conclusions are likely to be the same as always, as reflected in the following graphs:

http://www.heritage.org/~/media/images/reports/2012/10/bg2739/chart1750.ashx

http://www.cato.org/blog/public-school-spending-theres-chart

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@iwearblack

What would these badasses actually do if they were to "riot"? Spitwads?

noblefurrtexas
noblefurrtexas

@ChrisYu They are not getting the last laugh.  They are posing as Poster Children for failure, poverty, and being on the government dole...if not shot in a gang fight beforehand.

noblefurrtexas
noblefurrtexas

@wcvemail Dress codes are not 1960s.  They've been a staple in public schools for decades. 

It is a fact that student learning is higher when students are dressed well, not sloppy, and not using their clothing as a message of defiance. 

Either these kids are going to learn and become successful in life, or you and I will have to support them on welfare or in prison.

It's your choice.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@wcvemail

Some might end up in the military. Rude shocksville.

cmelton1009
cmelton1009

@TheRuddSki meh, like, you know, whatever, dude.


And I thought 'Valley girl speak' was inane... At times, I really believe some people are incapable of uttering a sentence or writing one without using 'like' in it.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@roo_ster

And grief counselors.

dingo
dingo

@bmarvel  

The purpose of education is in the eye of the consumer. Learn some useful skills for the purpose of formulating a scarce resource and then hire your own work force to assist in supplying that resource.

iwearblack
iwearblack

@TheRuddSki  Slink off until they're out of range, then start hurling insults and beating their weak little chests... I personally broke up a street fight near my son's middle school a couple of years ago... About 200 or so kids blocked the street off to watch some boys slap fight in the middle of the road... All it took was a bit of authoritative and colorful language from an adult and it was dispersed in about 5 minutes... When questioned by the principal about the incident, I replied that if they're going to fight in the street like dogs, I have no problem speaking to them like dogs and moving them along...

wcvemail
wcvemail

@TheRuddSki  
Actually, assuming they can actually make the grade to enlist (getting harder and harder), once in the military, that's precisely the sort who will protest that their rights to ethnocultural expression are being violated by, say, the rule against ear gauges. That's actually happening right now, in that black servicewomen have enlisted (heh) Congress critters to protest new hair regs.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@cmelton

At times, I believe some people are unable to spot mocking, like, sarcasm, you know?

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@dingo @bmarvelNothing that can't be learned on the job. But corporate America prefers to shift that responsibility -- and expense -- to the tax-paying public.


And nothing has been said about preparing children for adult citizenship. Where does that figure in?


All of which raises the question, who is the ultimate "consumer" of education, dingo?

wcvemail
wcvemail

@RTGolden1

Beards were  allowed in the Navy starting about 1972 with the end of the draft as a recruiting enhancement, then disallowed in 1984. The requirement was that a full-face gas mask must be able to seal against the throat, along with a 2" overall length for aesthetics. That was a simple requirement with a simple test - put on the mask.

It also acknowledged that water for shaving on long cruises, especially on smaller vessels, was a luxury from the overtaxed desalination plants ("Navy showers" were so called for good reason -- wet, turn off water and soap, rinse.) Even among the normally clean-shaven, "cruise beards" were common (shaved upon return to port/the wife.) But not only did more types of masks come into use with different fits, ship water equipment got better, and recruitment wasn't so much a problem. 

Now you know.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@wcvemail @TheRuddSkiTo be fair, the new hair regs, in the army at least, are ridiculously worded.  It is almost as if the private who was tasked to write them intentionally made them vague and controversial just to get his NCO in trouble.

A more disturbing thing, to me, was the relaxing of the shaving standards.  Beards are not allowed in uniform for a reason: they prevent the gas mask from sealing.  The regs for keeping hair off the forehead and sides of the face have similar reasons for existing.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@dingo @bmarvelSorry, dingo. I misinterpreted your comment, which I thought was about giving corporate America a greater say-so in the conduct of public education.

dingo
dingo

@bmarvel @dingo 

I don't have an argument, unless you interpret my observation and interrogative as an argument. Then I guess I go through my entire day being argumentative. I am evidently arguing now about whether or not I am participating in an argument. Good God! What a pr!ck I must be!

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@dingo So your argument, dingo, is that schools should answer to corporate America? What about the rest of America? Or is corporate America all there is?

 

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@bmarvel  Pretty sure my company has a dress code, and if you dont follow it, you get sent home.  Why shouldn't kids learn this in school too.

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