A junior high school confiscated hooded sweatshirts from several students Tuesday, citing the district’s ban on hoodies and ignoring chilling temperatures.
McAdams Junior High School says it was following the Dickinson Independent School District’s ban on hooded sweatshirts. The district said it banned hoodies a couple of years ago as a safety measure.
Ironically, the school sells hoodies to raise money, but does not allow students to wear them on campus.
Kyle Garza, a seventh grader at McAdams, had to ride the unheated school bus in a sleeveless t-shirt and walk the rest of the way home in the wind.
Tuesday’s high for Dickinson was 47 degrees.
“It’s just getting ridiculous,” his mother, Raine Garza told KHOU. “They’re putting all this gang affiliated stuff on these kids.”
Reactions to the incident have been mixed on KHOU’s site, with some blaming the school for upholding the dress code despite the current weather conditions.
“So let’s risk our children getting sick because of this. What wasn’t it give back to him at the end of the day to wear home on the bus?” the commentator wrote. “I just don’t think that was ok to do.”
Others, however, put more blame on the parents for not following the rules and for allowing their kids to go into school with just a sweatshirt in the freezing cold.
“I think it’s time this mother taught her son how to properly dress in cold weather. If hoodies are banned then why allow him to wear it?” one commentator wrote. “You have to be involved in their lives, she apparently isn’t until something happens.”
The state, as well as most of the east and south of the country has been braving itself for historic, chilling temperatures. Texas’ main power supply avoided outages on Monday after electricity demands led to power plant failures.
Cold temperatures in Texas are the lowest in two years.
Sources: KHOU, WFAA