Totalitarian, egalitarian, envious school bureaucrats love uniforms. They force everyone to be equal and suppress free expression. Two students, in the fifth and seventh grades, at schools in Bayonne, New Jersey, protested their schools’ new uniform policies by wearing buttons stating “no school uniforms” with a slash through them along with a photo of Hitler Youth boys wearing identical shirts and neckerchiefs. No swastikas appeared on the buttons. School admins threatened to suspend the students, so their parents sued. Referencing the famous Tinker arm band decision, a judge ruled the protest may continue because it did not disrupt the school. Read more
An ultra-conservative, Texas government “school” does not allow the latest denim craze: skinny jeans. Administrators at a Kimbrough Middle School in Mesquite gave Seth Chamlee a choice: change into some pants provided by the school or go home. He went home and he’s going to stay there. His mom said, “â€œWeâ€™re going to home schooling. He can learn more without the distraction of what to wear. To not be getting your education because of pants â€¦ I donâ€™t want him to learn that.” Read more
A threat by an Alabama school to discipline an 11-year-old girl for wearing a cross necklace shows why you can’t trust government schools to protect religious freedom, the Libertarian Party said today.
Is it really that hard to learn in a tank top?
October 9th started as a normal school day. Students milled about, the bell rang, classes started. No one expected anything. Our drowsy peers sat at their desks, some with more diligence than others, ready for education.
The 100, 200, and 300 buildings, though, were in for a surprise. The monotony of a normal first hour was to be broken. Learning was to be temporarily set aside to make way for something far, far more important to the nation’s youth and their schooling: dress code enforcement.
Students were completely caught off guard. Administrators, security officers, and a bona fide police officer formed the dress code strike force, moving nearly silently toward their objective, intent on improving that quality of student life through the upholding of clothing law. They weren’t going to take this careless ignorance of policy anymore.
The short shorts had to go. Bare shoulders could no longer be tolerated. The backless shoe industry’s grip had to be loosened. Marjory Stoneman Douglas’ crack team of dress code specialists was going to do just that. And nothing was going to stop them from achieving their goal of an entirely acceptably clothed student body. It was far too important a task too fail, and those appointed to it were far too involved to allow themselves to do so.
They marched from room to room, interrupting class in the worthy name of proper attire, inspecting each student carefully. Our peers stood (arms to the side, fingertips well below the bottoms of shorts) warily as they were examined. Violators were removed and collectively placed in confinement. Their fellow students stared after them, fearing for them, wondering what would come next.
Those who broke the code were herded into the auditorium for the remainder of the school day. Fourteen students were subjected to the icy temperatures. These outlaws quickly learned that less than tolerable clothing results in a one day vacation to a climate with less than tolerable temperature. Nothing cruel or unusual about putting the least clothed students in the coldest rooms in the school at all.
Some look at the inspections (which will thankfully occur all year long, randomly!) in a negative light. Some find it disgusting that the dress code be considered important enough to halt the learning day.
“Education is important!” they say.
“Gestapo tactics,” they call this brilliant maneuver.
Obviously some people have their priorities skewed.â„¢
By Matt Tucker
Edward Shinkle, a student in Charlotte County, Virginia, recently challenged his high school’s gender-based dress code by wearing his mother’s skirt. The principal and assistant principal immediately forced him to go home and return with traditional male attire. Now Shinkle is fighting back by circulating a petition seeking support for him to wear a skirt and he has contacted the ACLU for a legal challenge.
Last Friday, Heather Wells and her peers protested their school’s oppressive dress code, which bans tank tops and body piercing. Heather told us that they got, “enormous support with the other people in our school helping out and wearing tank tops, but the administration wasn’t as helpful, to put it mildly.”
Graduation ceremonies are supposed to be a celebration of each student’s individual achievements. Students are not graduated as a group; instead each student receives an individual diploma and a moment of individual recognition during the walk to the podium. It is brief moment but it is personal Read more
The Littleton massacre may prompt your school administrators to ban trenchcoats, black clothing, and dark makeup. However, there is a1969 Supreme Court ruling that protects your right to express yourself with clothing. You also have additional Constitutional rights that provide protection from intolerant administrators. Read more