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Duncanville Superintendent Talks Dress Code

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DUNCANVILLE (CBSDFW.COM) - More than 170 students at Duncanville High School were suspended and sent home last week after they were found to be in violation of the Duncanville Independent School District’s dress code. The move fueled food fights on campus. Police needed to be called to the scene.

The crackdown happened last Wednesday, as students who were not dressed according to the dress code were sent to the cafeteria. A number of them got angry and began throwing things — like food and a trash can. Several of those students returned to campus the following day, this time intentionally wearing clothes that violated the dress code.

Superintendent Alfred Ray is now ready to talk to students about that incident. He will meet at 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon with anybody on campus who wants to discuss the issue further. And, he said, he welcomes all ideas.

Ray has also posted a video on YouTube, explaining that he supports his staff members. He stated, “Our district administrators, our security and police staff very quickly contained the event and made sure our students were all safe and appropriately cared for.”

The superintendent attributed the incident to “very few students, less than 20 or 30.” Ray added that he was happy to hear that only 170 kids, or less than five percent of students, were out in compliance.

“Those students were handled appropriately, according to the school district’s policy,” Ray said, “and I applaud the administrative staff there for making sure they did things in an appropriate fashion.”

In addition, Ray is inviting students, parents and community members to share their concerns at the school board meeting on June 9. However, until the board makes a change to the policy, the message in the Duncanville ISD is clear — follow the dress code or you will be sent home.

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