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Dozens of Central High students suspended for dress code violations

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According to Memphis City Schools, 80 to 90 students at Central High School received one-day suspensions Tuesday for violating the school's dress code. According to Memphis City Schools, 80 to 90 students at Central High School received one-day suspensions Tuesday for violating the school's dress code.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - According to Memphis City Schools, 80 to 90 students at Central High School received one-day suspensions Tuesday for violating the school's dress code.

Parent Susan Jenkins said students need to pay close attention to the recent suspensions at the school.

"I did get a phone call last night," said Jenkins.  "A routine phone call from the principal alerting parents to the fact there would be higher expectations going into the spring."

School officials said in addition to phone calls to parents, students had been given ample warning.

"A couple of things that were mentioned specifically were arriving to school on time," said Jenkins.  "There were a lot of failing grades in the first period because students were arriving late, so to please have students here by 7:25.  The bell rings at 7:30, and that's when first period begins.  The second issue was being in uniform all day."

Jenkins said her son also got a letter from the school's principal warning students to behave and follow all school rules.

While school officials said they have an obligation to make sure students follow policy, many parents said they agree.

The school has faced troubles recently, including a rape investigation where an 18-year-old accused a 17-year-old of sexual assault last week.  On January 13, a dispute over a hat after a Central High School basketball game ended in murder.

"Get your kids here on time and have them in uniform," said Jenkins.  "Check to see if their homework is done.  Just be available if they are having issues.  Be available to talk."

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