"I may be flexible on some of the rules." One mother whose son was suspended for three days for wearing braids has called the administration and complained about the school's code of conduct. At 56, Winston is returning to Memphis after living in the Los Angeles area for 31 years.He was a teacher, principal and assistant superintendent for the Compton and Inglewood, Calif., public school systems.
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.
The price of failing to follow the rules is high, including possible Saturday school, night class or detention for both students and parents.
Along with the rules, Winston also is trying to revive the school's spirit.
He's reinstituted pep rallies, a school band and majorettes. He even offered free frozen yogurt in the school cafeteria one day. If 800 parents attend open house next week, the students will be rewarded with a dance.
While some students are trying to convince Winston to ease up on a few of the rules, many parents and some students say they fully support the principal's efforts.Winston has agreed to discuss the students' concerns about the rules on Sept. They will select five and offer suggestions for changes."I want to see what rules they are going to challenge," he said.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 was looking for him," said Icy Mae Franklin... She said the suspects had been threatening his 20-year-old sister.