Parents upset certain schools have to follow dress policy - WECT, weather & sports Wilmington, NC

Parents want school uniform policy reversed, officials say policy will stay

Parents are upset that only certain schools in Brunswick County have to follow a strict uniform policy. Parents are upset that only certain schools in Brunswick County have to follow a strict uniform policy.

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – As the start of the school year quickly approaches in Brunswick County, parents and students have fashion on their minds.

It was just last week that the county's school board voted to tweak the current uniform policy. The county mandated that those students who have to wear polo shirts could only wear certain colors. Now, the school board is allowing students to wear any color as long as it's a solid color.

While the tweak gives students a little more freedom, some parents are not satisfied.

Parents said they've been fighting the uniform policy for quite some time now and it's come to the point where they have to take matters into their own hands.

"My kids will start in street clothes and if there's any repercussions that is mine to take because they are not old enough to make decisions for themselves," said Ronnie Lewis, a parent.

Leland Middle, Lincoln Elementary, Belville Elementary and Town Creek Elementary are currently the only schools in the county that require the students to obey a specific dress uniform.

"It should be county wide," said Lewis. "The faculty and staff should be in them and the county should pay for them."

Some students said it is harder to focus in the classroom with the uniforms because they are uncomfortable.

Lincoln Elementary School Principal Retha Rusk said the schools have already seen the benefits of having uniforms.

"Some children would have the trendy clothes and others would want them and not have them so comments were made back and forth so once we implemented the uniforms those things were not a problem anymore," said Rusk.

Rusk said the uniforms help make the students come together as a family and has alleviated some of the bullying that has gone on within the classroom.

"This has solved a lot of that problem because we are all here together," she said. "We are a family. We are a school and we all dress similarly."

School officials said they have no intentions of getting rid of the uniform policy or extending it to more schools in the county.

Many parents feel if one school should follow the rules that the rest of the area schools should as well.

The Brunswick County School Board's next meeting is scheduled for September 11, 2012.

A spokeswoman for the schools said school uniforms are not on the agenda.

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