Tennessee state lawmaker proposes bill to make parents follow a dress code at schools

A state lawmaker in Tennessee is proposing a bill that would require parents and other visitors to follow a dress code when visiting schools.

Tennessee state Rep. Antonio Parkinson (D) said that he has been receiving calls from parents concerned with how other parents are inappropriately dressed, CBS affiliate WREG reported Monday.

"I've heard some concerns from principals," he said. "They say you'd be surprised at some of the stuff that we see."


Details on what would be banned under a parental dress code would be left up to school districts in the state, he said.

"I visualize clothes that are not sexually suggestive," Parkinson said. "Not wearing things that might encourage or suggest gang activity."

The bill would also require visitors inside the school to follow a code of conduct similar to those children and teachers have, prohibiting cursing, fighting and arriving at school property under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The code of conduct would be posted at the school’s entrance and distributed to parents before classes started.