Flormarie Figueroa was cold, so she put on a sweater. That got her a suspension from her Lawrence, Massachusetts, high school. Officials said that putting on a sweater, no matter how cold you are, is an act of "insubordination." That's because the school uniform policy calls for short-sleeved, charcoal-gray collared shirts, khaki pants and black shoes. No sweaters are allowed. Lawrence schools suspend around 60 students a week for dress code violations. No word on how many are suspended for putting on sweaters when it's cold, but officials admit it has been an issue. The school is considering a change in the policy to allow sweaters in the winter. But for now, they are still banned.
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