Party T-shirts banned at Newton, Mass. school

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December 21, 2011, 10:51 am
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(NECN: Eileen Curran, Newton, Mass.) - There are no curse words, controversial images or messages, but a specific type of T-shirt is getting the boot from one Massachusetts middle school.

Oak Hill Middle School wants to ensure that no student feels left out from a weekend party or event. To combat the problem, it has prohibited the wearing of T-shirts of sweatpants that have specific students' names on them, such as: "Jenny's Sweet 16".

The school has explained its new policy on its website:

"As educators we are concerned about the unintentional messages that are conveyed when groups of students wear the same celebratory clothing from weekend events. In order to reinforce practices that promote inclusion and community, we respectfully ask that:
--Your children refrain from wearing clothing to school that identifies a weekend celebration marked with a student name.  
--We encourage you to have a conversation with your child about this trend and how it may make others feel who may have been excluded from participating in the event.

Explore the idea of being inclusive and how one can resist the urge to wear the clothing right after the celebration as it make students who aren't included fell left out."

NECN Reporter Eileen Curran spoke with some students' parents about the new policy to get their reaction. Watch the attached video to hear what they had to say.

Tags: Newton, middle school, events, Eileen Curran, Celebrations, weekend events, Oak Hill, school clothing, clothing controversy, t-shirt policy
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