Texas School District Bans Grills

A school district in Texas has expanded its dress code to forbid students from wearing grills — the removable mouthpieces which are often covered in diamonds — to school. “Really, a grill is just like an earring,” said Devonte Wright, a high school junior in the Arlington school district told AP. “It’s fashion.” Artists like Nelly and grill-maker-to-the-stars Paul Wall have popularized the trend. Punk rockers aren’t safe either: The school district has also opted to ban the earlobe-stretching practice known as gauging. “The district is having to respond to fads because they’ve become distracters or a safety hazard for those around them,” Malcolm Turner, Arlington school district executive director of student services said. The school board insists they have good reason for the ban: They’re trying to get students ready to enter the work force, where they may be required to adhere to a strict dress code.

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