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crewneck shirt. "I see a lot of boys wearing more pink," she said."I've also seen a lot of teal.And a lot of pastel colors are popu- lar." She said the style this year for mid- dle school boys are flat front shorts and jogger pants.And they are sometimes layering when wearing a hoodie, but usually not with just a button up shirt. Pastels are also popular with middle school girls. "I've seen a lot of the olive green going on,too,"Ms.Gutierrez said."And rusty orange is popular,too." She said they're wearing a lot of graphic tees. "For school,the girls are not neces- sarily into dresses.They tend to wear more casual stuff,like a T-Shirt and jeans or shorts.Girls also like the pat- terns and loose fit clothes.And they're wearing a lot of off-the-shoulder tops." • For high school boys,the plain T- Shirt is popular,as well as the Henley T-Shirt,which is a T-Shirt with two buttons,basically a polo without the collar,Stroud said. "The long sleeved Henley is a real thin material that goes with just about anything,"Stroud said."Some are baseball style with different colored sleeves than the shirt itself.Some are plain colored." Stroud also said joggers are extremely popular in jean material and also in a khaki material "It's not quite a sweatpant and it's not quite a khaki,"he said."It's a hybrid.You can dress it up or you can dress it down." And there are also jogger shorts. Shorts of all styles come in a variety of colors and designs. For high school girls,it's more of the Athleisure style,Stroud said. "You've got yoga pants,"he said. "Jogger leggings come in a plain style, camo,which is popular,floral and other designs.You pair joggers up with a baggy graphic tee.It gives it that casual,lazy day type look.That's real popular." But if you want to change up from the Athleisure style,you could go with a button up plaid flannel top in the typical red and black lumberjack style or in other colors.They are long sleeved. There's also a cutoff flannel shirt with no sleeves. "That's real popular,"Stroud said. "Those are paired up with the jeg- gings.They are the slim type jean to the point where some of them look like they're painted on.Jeggings are all the craze." New this year is the ripped twill pant,a twill type of pant like a hybrid jean and khaki material. "It's got the rip at the knees,"Stroud said."The more beat up they look,the more fashionable they are." And yes,high school girls do wear dresses. "A lot of times if they wear a dress, it's layered with something else," Stroud said."Dresses can be layered up with a cardigan and a lot of times it's the longer cardigan.Jean jackets go well with dresses." Thursday, August 3, 2017 Goldsboro News-Argus — 11 News-Argus/CASEY MOZINGO For teenage girls, Agnes Dehaudt, 16, left, goes for a loose crossfront dress in olive green with a jean jacket with rose embroidery on the back and sleeves. Mackenzie Hinson, 13, center, models cropped jeans topped with a loose off-the-shoulder blouse in yellow with pais- ley designs. Jordan Therrien displays a burgundy Arizona baseball tee with short sleeves with a button up jean shirt over black skinny jeans. Fashions Continued from 10 administrator because we have a zero tolerance for students being bullied in our school." At that point they either com- ply and things might improve. If it doesn't and there is another report, then the matter is instantly turned over to the administration so the bully can be disciplined, Ms. Coates said. The parents would be contact- ed as well, she said. A lot of times students will not say they are being bullied, Mrs. Coates said. Rather they say someone is picking on them or saying things to them. "So they may not use that term bullying," Mrs. Coates said. "But I think for parents it is important to have a daily conver- sation with their child about how did things go at school today — being very much on the pulse of what the child is doing at school." If a child is comfortable talking about little things, they will be comfortable talking about big things as well, she said. "If their child does say some- body is giving them a hard time, then I think what I would typi- cally do as a parent is try to coach my child by saying,'How are you responding when that happens?'" she said. Mrs. Coates said she would ask the child where it happens and that if they can remove them- selves from that situation then do so. "If it is happening where you feel you need to be closer to an adult, move to an adult," she said. She may even encourage par- ents to do some role playing. For example if the bully says something, what is something the child could respond with? "You don't want to get in a shouting match or a bullying match, but what are some things that you could say to deflect that negative attention that they are trying to draw to you?" she said. But ultimately if you do not feel like those things are work- ing, the parent needs to contact the school, Mrs. Coates said. The parent can contact the front office that will refer them to either the counseling office or principal's office so that the school can get to the bottom of the issue. "We absolutely do not want any child being bullied while they are at school," she said. "What I have found to be the case is if a student is a bully, they are typically bullying, I think, out of some sense of inse- curity themselves. So it makes me feel better pointing out some- one else's flaws or hurting some- body else to avoid being hurt myself. Mrs. Coates said she would talk to the parent about if there was anything that they could think of making their child to want to sort of be the dominant personality. "Is there anything they are doing to deflect attention to themselves for something that they might be battling that oth- ers don't know about?" she said. "Is there something at home? Is there something in their past — something they have done that has caused them to have insecurities?" It is like their defense mecha- nism — to avoid being picked on about something that child is going to pick on somebody else, she said. The thinking is that,"It makes me feel better if I make some- body else feel small," she said. It is a coping mechanism and the underlying issue needs to addressed, Mrs. Coates said. "Sometimes you have to do therapy and say,'Put yourself in the shoes of the person you are bullying. How would you feel if somebody was coming up to you every day and calling you fat or calling you stupid, or picking on your shoes or machining fun of your hair?'" she said. "We try to use that empathy, 'How would you feel if you were the one being treated the way you are treating that person?'" Mrs. Coates said she encour- ages parents to talk to the child in that way. Counselors can talk to them as well if the parents feel like the child does not listen to them. "We are happy to talk to stu- dents, too, and just try to get to the root of what is going on, if there is an underlying issue or use that empathy therapy," she said. The idea is to try to coach through whatever the roots are for the bullying, Mrs. Coates said. Continued from 9 Bullying See news about all of Wayne County's schools in the News-Argus

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