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Tottenville High School students to protest new dress code

Posted: 4:54 AM, Sep 15, 2014
Updated: 2014-09-15 05:52:28-04

NEW YORK (PIX11/AP) —Students and parents are planning to protest a principal’s new dress code regulation after more than 200 students were put in detention in the first two weeks over this.

Acting interim principal Joseph Scarmato changed the dress code to prohibit tank tops, low-cut blouses and halter tops. Shorts and skirts are supposed to be at “relaxed hand level.”

Many of the parents are divided on the issue.

One parent says she dropped her daughter off at school and it looked more like a strip club rather than a high school.

Linda Ferraro told the Staten Island Advance that if she had wanted a dress code, she would have sent her daughter to a Catholic school.

“Some schools have uniform requirements governing student dress,” superintendent Aimee Horowitz said. “In schools that don’t, students have the right to determine their own dress, except where such dress creates a distraction, is dangerous or interferes with the learning and teaching process.”

Other prohibited items include hooded sweatshirts and sweatpants, leggings and “skinny jeans” as well as headbands, hats, bandanas and sunglasses.

Scarmato’s daughter is also a student at Tottenville.