T-shirt trouble in OKC Public Schools

Posted on: 9:59 am, September 11, 2012, by

OKLAHOMA CITY — A clothing ban in Oklahoma City Public Schools has been temporarily lifted.

The districtwide ban has been on all college and professional apparel.

Seventeen OCPS schools will be impacted.

There will be no change at schools with a uniform policy, as those students have never been allowed to wear college t-shirts.

The ban will be lifted for 60 days while a yet-to-be-formed committee will take a closer look at the issue of gang apparel and team logos.

The district dress code was last updated in 2005 in cooperation with the Oklahoma City Police Department Gang Task Force.

The update is in response to national concerns about gangs using clothing from sports teams as membership identification.

Superintendent Karl Springer said the committee will review the policy and make any recommendations to  district administration and Board of Education.

Springer said the committee will look at safety and security while making certain students’ First Amendment rights are preserved.