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Black girls put schools on notice

Disparities in justice lead to efforts to narrow gap

Monica Rhor

USA TODAY

Itivere Enaohwo is a college sophomore, majoring in criminal justice at Texas Southern University, with designs on law school. Her middle and high school days are long in the rearview window.

But she still remembers the humiliation of being singled out – time after time – for dress code violations at a suburban Houston high school. For wearing an oversized T-shirt and leggings in middle school. For wearing a dress a high school administrator deemed too short, even though Enaohwo had measured it carefully at home, making sure the hemline met the rule of not being more than 3 inches above the knee.

For wearing a hat on a rainy day, even

See RACE, Page 8A

Itivere Enaohwo remembers the humiliation of being singled out for dress code violations at a Houston high school. HANNAH GABER/USA TODAY

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