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Fort Worth Goes Purple For TCU

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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Anyone could see in a quick glance around The Paris Cafe on Magnolia in Fort Worth during Tuesday’s busy lunch rush there was a lot of TCU purple.   The wait staff all wore TCU logo shirts.  Customers wore purple shirts or TCU hats. Martha Jones wore a purple jacket as she ate her lunch.

“They’ve asked Fort Worth to show support for the school,” Jones said. “So I wore my purple!”

Whether they were wearing purple or not, waitresses and customers alike knew Mayor Betsy Price asked the city to “Go Purple” — this was TCU Tuesday.

“A lot of ‘em just forgot it,” said the cafe’s owner Mike Smith.. “They came up and said, ‘Oh my goodness! I forgot my purple!'”

And even though some were absent minded, it was obvious sentiment at the cafe and in other parts of the city was shaded in TCU’s favor.

“Lots of people in Fort Worth are wearing purple,” Jones observed.

The idea began in city hall. All but one council member wore purple for their regular meeting as did most of the staff members. The last time city leaders and staff wore purple, it was to rally behind a rose bowl bound Frogs football team.  This time, Mayor Betsy Price says, its to rally behind the school that disciplined four football players and more than a dozen students facing drug charges.

“We encouraged everybody to wear purple as a show of solidarity and the issues they’re going forward with,” Mayor Price said. “They’ve stood up and made a strong statement that they won’t tolerate the drug dealing on campus and we want them to know that we support them in what they do.”

People are quick to point out the show of support doesn’t condone the arrested students behavior.

“No! No!” Jones said.  “Its showing support for the school and that they have a zero tolerance for that kind of behavior.”

And people say the purple is a reminder to outsiders looking in on TCU, there are still more than 9,000 other students who did nothing wrong.

“They know Fort Worth is behind them and we’re doing our best to show just the actions of a few should not affect the whole school,” Smith said.

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