PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – An expert says South Philadelphia High School is being too tough on students who don’t wear the school uniform to class. The principal disagrees.

A survey by New York University professor Pedro Noguero says while serious incidents at South Philly High are down since the December 2009 violence, the number of students serving in-school suspensions for not wearing their school uniform remains high.

“There are too many cases where students are spending time outside of class because of a disciplinary infraction. And a relatively mild one.”
Principal Otis Hackney defends the in-school suspensions.

“The students had to understand that we were very serious about what the expectation was, and that we were consistent and followed through.’
Hackney says the survey was conducted early in the school year, and that more students are on board with the uniform policy now.

Reported by Mike DeNardo, KYW Newsradio

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