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Principal sends home students for dress code violations

October 22, 2012 |  5:17 pm

In an attempt to curb her school’s chronic dress code violations, the principal of Lou Dantzler Preparatory High School in Westchester opted to take a bit more “hardcore” approach Monday.

She sent more than a dozen -- up to 20 -- students home for uniform violations Monday morning, said Parker Hudnut, the chief executive of ICEF, the charter school organization that runs the school.

But the move didn’t come without warning, he said. The school recently made calls to parents warning them that they planned to monitor the dress code more closely.

“While it’s a little disruptive,  it was sort of the fifth or sixth iteration for these students,” Hudnut said of the crackdown. “What the principal finally realized is nothing else is working, I need to go hardcore.”

The school takes its dress code seriously, Hudnut said, adding that wearing the wrong color in the wrong part of town could mean trouble.

Another concern?

Going lax on the uniform policy reduces the incentive for other students. 

“Next week is spirit week,” Hudnut said. “Everyone gets a free dress day and free dress days need to mean something.”

Several students took to Twitter to vent about the crackdown.

One student tweeted: “According to lou dantzler, uniform is more important then(sic) grades. oh okay.”

And another: “Lou Dantzler is really empty lol no point of sending everybody home.”

Most of the students went home, switched into different clothes and came back to class within an hour or so, Hudnut said.

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