ACLU warns Ridgewood High over dress code threat

The American Civil Liberties Union has gotten involved in a dispute over a recently instituted dress code policy at Ridgewood High School.

The school implemented the new code on Oct. 18, and that same day Ridgewood senior Hunter Banaciski was warned by school officials he could be disciplined for organizing a student movement against it. Banaciski had written a Facebook post in July calling for a protest of the policy.

The Greater Tampa Chapter of the ACLU responded to Ridgewood’s threats against Banaciski with a six-page letter, threatening legal action and saying the students’ plan of wearing formerly acceptable clothing to protest the new code did not “disrupt the operation of the school.”

Our coverage partners at the Tampa Bay Times have been on top of the story from the start. This is their story from Tuesday about the ACLU’s letter, with links to previous stories about the controversy.

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