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Outrage over cornrow hairstyles spurs MLA call for dress code overhaul

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Long, unkempt hair on boys, corn rows, facial piercings, and pants worn below the waist. These are all reasons why East End MLA Arden McLean said the school system needs to freshen up its sloppy dress code.

Speaking during budget debate Monday, he said principals should stick to matters of curriculum and general education policy, and keep their noses out of how our children can wear their hair or how long girls’ skirts should be.

Rather, he said dress code should be set at the ministry level.

He said Cayman’s youth should clean up its act, or risk a life behind bars.

“We must not allow our kids to enter our schools,” said Mr. McLean, his voice booming throughout the LA chamber. “Mr. Chairman, do we expect any better that H. M. Northward prison is full all the time when we allow them and allow parents to do as they please in our institutions??”

Acting Chief Education Officer Lyneth Montieth said the dress code was overhauled back in 2014. She said the policy is set for another review again this year.

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