•Increasing numbers of cases involving litigation around the issue of student dress/grooming codes. •Students in many of these cases are involved in Goth, Occult, or alternative belief systems and practices and have expressed their participation through their appearance (e.g., dress, make-up, jewelry). •Complex and controversial relationship between school dress/grooming codes and constitutional protections related to speech, religion, assembly, and expression.
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