"The school has been too lax in what it allows." Student Daniel Walton can live with the new rules, especially the one that prevents girls from wearing short shorts. "He thinks he's going to be the next Lean on Me Dr. "He's a good principal; his rules are just too strict." East High School students and their parents must follow a new set of rules imposed this year by the school's new principal, Dr. Rules causing the most concern among students are those focusing on hair and clothing.
His aim for the students is simple: He wants to build character, responsibility, good working and study habits among the students, including the vocational and optional students who attend classes there. Knowing he was violating the rule, Fason added, "I'm going to wait until he says something to me." And when he does?
"We are preparing students for the future," he said. Winston wants them to be ready for a global job market that could leave some students behind if they dress inappropriately for an interview. Fason replied, "I'm going to take them off." That's what several young men are doing.
While there, he saw how the growing gang influence within the community spread to the schools. Winston, who grew up in La Grange and graduated from Booker T.
Washington High here, is one of three new principals who were hired from outside the district this year when 25 positions opened up. He thinks if we have braids and wear earrings, we're in gangs," said junior Devin Fason Jr., 17, who was wearing two small hoop earrings.
The East Junior High School basketball squad practiced Saturday. They were thinking about Glenn Taylor, Jr., a smooth, rangy forward on the team who was shot to death Friday night on the parking lot behind East High School...
His mother said she was in the East gymnasium Friday when a young girl rushed in and shouted: "Little Glenn's been shot! as a 15-year-old boy was trying to break up a fight between several women in the parking lot behind East High School after a basketball game with Central High.
"I love them," said Sylvia Norfleet, a 35-year-old nurse with a son in the 11th grade and a daughter in the 8th grade. I'm all for getting the troublemakers out and the ones who want to learn in." "This is what East High needs," said Juanita Eason who has two sons at East.
For the students who are upset, Eason added, "If they don't like it, they can go to another school." "They need structure. They need some parameters," added parent Crystal Porter. I know." But a few students say Winston is following in the footsteps of another principal who garnered national attention and even a movie about himself with a baseball bat and a bullhorn -- Joe Clark.
While many of the rules had been around, but not enforced, a few of them have students rolling their eyes in disgust. Girls can't wear short shorts, sandals without a back strap, high heel shoes or hats.
And students are forbidden to have at school Liquid Paper correction fluid, Magic Markers or any items that might be used to deface school property. " grumbled a girl who was wearing strapless shoes that didn't meet the new code's standards. " Winston, a tall, slim man with a disarming smile, also has rules he wants parents to follow: Don't keep students home to babysit or leave town for vacation during the school year.
He seemed afraid at first and told me to place my radio on the floor ..." Police said the man told her that he had been at the Hospital earlier and that officials wouldn't admit him. Meanwhile, bystanders notified Patrolman Gantt and Lovett who were in the hospital investigating a stabbing incident, and Ms. Instead, he pointed the shotgun at Miss Malone's neck and threatened to shoot her if Ms. She backed around the corner and pretended to lay her gun down and then signaled Ms. She said she was moving away from him and the police were "getting in position to shoot if they had to. Lovett, who were attempting to talk the man into surrendering, officials said. when a man walked into the emergency room area and approached security officer Malone, police said.