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Protests continue against school uniforms

WATERLOO (KWWL)-- This fall students at seven Waterloo schools, including the city's three high schools, will be wearing a standardized dress code.

However, some students aren't giving up the fight to wear what they want.

They have as many as 1,500 signatures on their petition, but they want more community support for a policy they are so passionate against.

In two months, Austin Kinney will be just one of thousands of students who will have to wear school uniforms.

But he isn't going down without a fight.

"These uniforms are not going to change who I am and I have to buy a whole new wardrobe for one year. It is really just a waste of time." said Kinney, West High School senior.

Students and parents have been protesting for about two weeks now and plan to for the rest of the summer.

They hope to get more signatures to start the appeals process.

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"We will send appeals to the state and then they will contact the Waterloo School District's lawyer and they will start investigating into the policy number 504.2, which is what the policy of the uniforms is under."

Kinney tell us uniforms didn't start the uproar, but they were just the tipping point.

"It's not just the school uniforms its the build up to the uniforms its more like the tipping of the pot. It has been the ID's, no face paint, no cheering, the escorts to the bathroom and this leads up to uniforms and its basically the trigger for the explosive."

And students big and small are against this policy.

"It is just slapping a band aid on, its basically like sticking a piece of chewed up bubble gum in a leak in the Hoover Dam." said Dylan Simmons, Hoover fourth grader.

Austin Kinney says he will abide by the uniform policy next fall if he has to, but he says he will not stop there.

They will be trying to get as much community support as they can to have their voices still be heard.

Online Reporter: Nikki Newbrough

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