Texas parents blame school uniform for boy's death

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LA JOYA, Tex. (KVEO) - The parents of a 13-year-old La Joya, Texas boy believe his school uniform played a role in his death.

Josue Uranga was walking to school when he was struck and killed by a car.

The news of Uranga's death has many parents more conscious of how their student arrives to school and what they are wearing.

Eighth grade students at Lorenzo De Zavala Middle School wear black polo shirts as part of the dress code.

This choice is fine in school, but how does this color affect students coming and going from school?

Tanya Gonzales, Josue's mother, believes his black shirt was one of the reasons he wasn't visible to the driver that struck him.

In La Joya Independent School District each grade level wears a different color shirt.

The student handbook describes it as a decision "to improve students' self-esteem, reduce ethnic/racial tensions, bridge socioeconomic differences among students, and promote positive behavior."

The colors worn were decided by a committee of principals and parents.

"I think the color should be changed. because they are going in so early in the morning and it is so dark out there, and ya know this is the time of the time change, ya know where it is darker in the morning," said Gonzales.

The school uniform color is re-voted on every year, and it's open to all parents.

Gonzales plans to attend the next vote.

"Our voice does count and we need to come forward to make changes in La Joya," said Gonzales.

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