The Concept Of "Three Buttons" Confuses La Marque ISD

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Just in case you were wondering, no, you can not wear stiletto heels to school if you live in La Marque ISD. Nor, it seems, can you wear a shirts with less than three buttons on it. Or is it more than three? Nobody was very clear on that during opening day for freshmen students yesterday.

According to a report in the Galveston County Daily News, three La Marque ISD students were sent home yesterday for not being in compliance with the district’s dress code, including one whose only offense was not having enough buttons on her shirt.

The confusion about the buttons centers on the dress code dictate “Shirts cannot have more than three (3) buttons.” Some staff and administrators took that to mean “must have at least three buttons,” and the button-go-round took off.

Parents were complaining that they could not find Polo-style shirts in the correct colors, with three buttons and no logo or embroidery. Administrators countered that the three-button rule would help cut down on cleavage issues.

“We’re just being stricter,” La Marque ISD spokeswoman Denise McLean told Hair Balls.

“We have higher expectations of our students," she said. "Like Mr. Burley [La Marque superintendent of schools Ecomet Burley] said yesterday, we want student to focus on their education. There’s a standardized dress code in the real world. I’m sure you have one in your office where you work (ah, no, not really). So he wants to get them used to that now.”

A few other school dress code regulations:

Slacks “may not be worn in any way that reflects gang affiliation, conceals contraband, or creates a distraction (‘sagging’ not allowed).

“Any item that depicts the occult, gang membership, death, suicide, violence, drugs or alcohol” is not allowed.

“Heavy chains, spike necklaces, heavy chain necklaces” are not allowed.

“Any tattoos (including temporary) must be covered at all times.”

“No leather, suede or vinyl.”

And these were the rules for the K-8 kids.

Olivia Flores Alvarez

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