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"I may be flexible on some of the rules." One mother whose son was suspended for three days for wearing braids has called the administration and complained about the school's code of conduct. At 56, Winston is returning to Memphis after living in the Los Angeles area for 31 years.
He was a teacher, principal and assistant superintendent for the Compton and Inglewood, Calif., public school systems.
While many of the rules had been around, but not enforced, a few of them have students rolling their eyes in disgust. Girls can't wear short shorts, sandals without a back strap, high heel shoes or hats.
And students are forbidden to have at school Liquid Paper correction fluid, Magic Markers or any items that might be used to deface school property. " grumbled a girl who was wearing strapless shoes that didn't meet the new code's standards. " Winston, a tall, slim man with a disarming smile, also has rules he wants parents to follow: Don't keep students home to babysit or leave town for vacation during the school year.
While there, he saw how the growing gang influence within the community spread to the schools. Winston, who grew up in La Grange and graduated from Booker T.
From The Commercial Appeal, January 15, 1996 TERRENCE SUTHERLAND [associated with the Class of '97], 16, of Memphis, student at East High School, died of heart failure Saturday at Methodist Hospital North. When the 2,300 students from grades seven though 12 strolled onto the 33-acre campus on Poplar this semester, they were greeted with a three-page code of conduct contractual agreement prepared by the new principal.
His aim for the students is simple: He wants to build character, responsibility, good working and study habits among the students, including the vocational and optional students who attend classes there. Knowing he was violating the rule, Fason added, "I'm going to wait until he says something to me." And when he does?
"We are preparing students for the future," he said. Winston wants them to be ready for a global job market that could leave some students behind if they dress inappropriately for an interview. Fason replied, "I'm going to take them off." That's what several young men are doing.
In addition to suspension or expulsion for such violations as fighting or bringing weapons to school, the penalties include possible Saturday school, night classes or detention.
Winston also is involving parents: "Parents will be requested to attend Saturday school or night class with their son/daughter.