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Texas school district bans hoodies to promote professionalism

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Clothing with hoods, dresses, skirts and skorts, now all banned for students in fifth grade and higher at a Texas school district.

It’s part of a new dress code that officials say will help improve the learning environment and it has one soon-to-be sophomore fighting back.

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In a few weeks Brooklynn Hollaman will dig through her closet, looking for clothes to wear on her first day of 10th grade.

“We were allowed to wear dresses and skirts and skorts and everything like that,” said Hollaman.

But this fall the Forney high schooler will have to limit what she can and can't put on.

Forney Independent School District is updating its dress code for the upcoming school year.

The district has a seven-page document with every detail, but the most notable changes include this: No clothing with hoods can be worn inside.

That includes hoodies, jackets and coats.

Also, dresses, skirts and skorts cannot be worn by 5th graders or older.

Pre-K through 4th graders is still allowed to wear the latter.

In a statement , Forney ISD writes the dress code is meant to "improve student self-esteem, bridge socio-economic differences among students, and promote positive behavior, thereby enhancing school safety and improving the learning environment."

Students like Brooklynn aren't okay with it.

So, she started a petition, already gathering thousands of signatures against the new dress code.

“She you know, a young lady should be able to choose what she wears. They shouldn't be forced to wear pants,” said Brooklynn’s dad, Derick Hollaman.

Her parents, Derick and Amy fully support her.

Derick says he spoke to the district to find out why.

“I was told that basically hoodies were a safety issue that kids wouldn't take the hoods off their head // when I asked regarding the dresses, I was told that, they were trying to teach professionalism,” he said.

The Hollaman family disagrees with the reasoning.

On Monday, Brooklyn hopes to appeal to the school board -- and revert the dress code to what it was before.

Texas school district bans hoodies to promote professionalism

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