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Students told to take off jackets in school

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Yolanda Page's daughter wears the jacket she was not allowed to wear at school on Wednesday. (Nov. 14, 2012/FOX Carolina) Yolanda Page's daughter wears the jacket she was not allowed to wear at school on Wednesday. (Nov. 14, 2012/FOX Carolina)

From the buttons to the belt, Yolanda Page said what her daughter wore to Lakeview Middle School Wednesday went by the school's dress code.

But she said the addition of one more piece of clothing got her daughter in trouble.

"She had come home from school on Tuesday and told me that the principal was not allowing them to wear their jackets no longer at school," Page said.

Page's daughter had been wearing jackets over the past few weeks because of the cooler weather. And despite being told that she couldn't wear a jacket, her daughter did anyway, saying she was cold.

As a result, Page said she got a call, saying her daughter was in trouble - all for wearing a jacket.

"My child has the right to wear her coat as long as it's unzipped, she is in dress code compliance all the time. I do not allow her to go to school without being in dress code compliance," Page said.

Greenville County Schools said they implemented a new dress code policy at the beginning of the school year. In the simplest terms, it states that shirts must be collared and tucked in, belts must be worn on pants.

The problems started showing up when the weather got cooler, said a district spokesperson.

"All went well until students started wearing jackets to hide that their dress was not in compliance with the Dress Code," Greenville County Schools spokesperson Oby Lyles said in a statement to FOX Carolina. "(The) issue was discussed with students. Many eighth grade students continued to not comply so they are being required to hang up coats/jackets so dress can be observed. (The) building is warm and there is no need for jackets."

"Some of the children are not doing what they're supposed to be doing, and so the rest of them are being punished for it," said Page, adding that only eighth grade students at Lakeview are subject to this policy.

For right now, the jackets will have to stay off.

"I understand the school stays at 74 degrees, but your comfortable and my comfortable is two different things," said Page. "You may be comfortable, and I might not because it's too cold."

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