Sixth-graders at East Lawrence Middle School in Caddo who are tired of tucking in their shirttails have found a way to protest without getting into trouble.
About 105 of 130 sixth-grade students studying a unit on government exercised practical politics and signed a petition objecting to the system-wide rule.
Principal Larry Hancock says he didn't read the petition because he can't change the rule. Instead, he discussed it at a Lawrence County Board of Education meeting, where he told board members the rule is a good one.
He says most students comply with the rule.
The students' study of government gave them a way to express their views within the rules, says Patti Terry, a sixth-grade social studies teacher.
As 12 and 13-year-olds, an important concern was school uniforms, so they made that an issue worth fighting for.
Terry discussed the school board's point of view with her class and how its members needed to make difficult decisions based on the entire student enrollment, not just what a few students want.
So far, the school board has not responded to the petition.