Soon after classes begin August 25th, violators of the district's beefed-up dress code must don navy blue coveralls unless they get another set of clothes from home -- or serve in-school suspension. The outfits aren't just styled like prison jumpsuits -- they're actually made by Texas inmates.
The new policy in Gonzales, about 70 miles east of San Antonio, has drawn plenty of criticism -- along with some speculation that all the district will accomplish is to set off a new fashion trend.
Kids wearing spaghetti-strap tank tops, extra baggy pants, cargo pants or T-shirts may find themselves finishing the school day in the drab one-piece outfits. Boys with earrings or facial hair, girls in miniskirts and anyone in clothes that show underwear face the same fate.
Some parents and students are crying foul.
Mary Helen Douglas -- who has a 17-year-old son starting his senior year -- says -- quote -- "They're not little prisoners."