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DUNCANVILLE (CBSDFW.COM) - More than a hundred Duncanville High School students were suspended on the same day for violating the school’s dress code.

Students say after the morning announcements, teachers started cracking down on the dress code, which requires long pants, collared shirts, belts and ID badges. Students in violation were sent to the cafeteria.

“They told me I had to go home because I had chin hair,” said Chase Baker.

“I had got suspended for having no ID badge and belt,” said senior Yvashti Cooks, who says she’s an A/B honor roll student. “It was really pointless and unnecessary. Pants are not falling. I don’t understand how my belt and ID badge have to do with getting my education.”

Students say once in the cafeteria, there were tense moments, with one student even throwing a trash can across the cafeteria, as shown by video posted on Instagram.

Other students posted pictures online, showing crowds of students in the cafeteria, halls and outside the school.

From Chopper 11, you could see a large police presence outside the high school. Officers were called in as a precaution after up to 170 students were suspended for the rest of the day.

“We do it all the time,” said Duncanville High Principal Andre Smith. “It’s not the first time we’ve done it. We’ve done it throughout the school year. We’ve done it periodically and dress code has been around all year actually for a number of years now.”

Smith tells CBS 11’s Arezow Doost that the suspensions were only for one day and students should return to class tomorrow. He also says this should not prevent any seniors from graduating.

Students say they will cooperate.

“Ain’t got no choice unless we are going to get kicked out again,” said Baker. “I need to go to class, so I can get my grades and graduate.”

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