A North Texas middle school threatened to punish twin sisters for wearing front-zip hoodies with U.S. Air Force logos on the back. The 11-year-old girls, whose parents are Air Force veterans, were told the oversized Air Force logos violated the school’s dress-code policy, and they could face detention or even suspension if they wore the jackets on school property again.
When asked about the Texas school districts threat of punishment, the twin sisters’ father Phillip Rolen said, “It’s political correctness run amuck.”
Rolen, a disabled Iraq War Air Force veteran, calls his a very patriotic family. “My wife and I met in the Air Force. These girls were born on an Air Force base so you can imagine my reaction,” Mr. Rolen said. “It’s absurd.”
Rolen said his daughters have decided they will continue to wear the Air Force jackets – even if it means getting suspended from school.
“I told the school that we’re going to fight this,” he said.
After watching the video below and reading the statements from the Aubrey ISD superintendent, do you agree with the father regarding his daughters’ decision to wear hoodies with the Air Force logo even if it violates the dress code policy? Should the school district make an exception in this case?
Twin Daughters Of Air Force Vet Barred From Wearing Jackets With Logo To School
Local CBS affiliate, CBSDFW, interviewed the father and two twin girls, along with sharing statements from school district officials, in the news video below.
Statement from Aubrey ISD Superintendent Regarding Air Force Logo and Dress Code
Here’s the other side of the story as shared by Breitbart.com.
Aubrey ISD superintendent Debby Sanders clarified the specific issue to KXAS 5 (NBC) in a statement: “Students are allowed to wear solid color ‘hoodies’ that have logos (including military logos) that are smaller than 1 1/2-inch by 1 1/2-inch. Students are welcome to wear outerwear that may have larger logos to and from school, on the bus, to games and after-school activities, but they must be left in lockers during the school day.”
Sanders maintained the district’s decade old dress code compliance was at the heart of the matter, not patriotism. She stated: “Aubrey ISD wholeheartedly supports the men and women who currently serve and have served our nation in military service.” She emphasized that the school has a student dress code to follow “just as our military personnel are expected to wear uniforms.”
She added that dress codes “instill pride, discipline and levels the playing field for students to allow them to focus on learning.”
Moreover, each school year, Aubrey ISD families sign their district’s dress code agreement, which appears in the Student Code of Conduct handbook. It defines acceptable clothing and notes the consequences for breaking the policy.
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