10 shirts you can’t wear to school Buzzfeed – So what is appropriate clothing and what is not and who has the right to tell us what is what? Controversy over kids being sent home over certain attire in recent years has been raising this question and it seems to be one that rages.
When I was at school we wore a uniform, a shirt, tie, trousers, black shoes and a blazer unless it was hot. Short sleeve shirts were permitted in the summer but the tie always had to be worn! It was extremely strict and I hated it. However I see some merit to uniform now considering the problems freedom of dress can cause within a communal setting like a school.
I’m not saying kids should be wearing strict uniforms like I did but I think some guidelines that allow a certain amount of freedom without causing problems (especially amongst parents moreso than kids!).
Buzzfeed published a list of t-shirts that had gotten kids sent home from school and it’s a varied and interesting list. Most were for political statements but some hate speech and symbolism! Below is a summary of the list.
1. Islam Is Of The Devil – A 10 year old girl in Gainesville was obviously sent home for this message!
2. Barack Obama: A Terrorists Best Friend – And a boy last year arrived with this patriotic message in his shirt!
3. The N Word – An 8 year old probably shouldn’t be embroiled in these word politics!
4. The Confederate Flag – Well, there is history to this! The 12 year old was sent home from Markham Intermediate School in Staten Island. However he says he wears it because he is a civil war buff, not because of any hate or racism.
5. Juicy Angel – A $75 shirt that is probably age inappropriate saw a middle school student sent home.
6. All Camouflage – Apparently this is gang attire so a 16 year old girl in Lowell, MA was sent home for wearing such dress.
7. Shirts With Pictures Of Fetuses – 12 year olds displaying graphic images on Ts for “National Pro-Life T-Shirt Day.” may well get you sent home!
8. Professional Terrorist Hunter – One freshman at Penn Manor School was asked to turn the gun displaying shirt inside out.
9. Virginity Rocks - Albemarle County, Virginia students have been banned from wearing this shirt.
10. Be Happy, Not Gay – This hand written shirt had the words “not gay” scrawled out by a school counselor in Illinois.
The full list and details can be seen here: http://bzfd.it/1e2KNqi
Now, personally I don’t have an issue with a kid sticking up for an issue they believe in and actually dialogue should be encouraged, however in some cases it’s parents using kids as pawns, that’s wrong!
Within a school setting it may be easier to enforce a no-statement code of dress to stop these kids of problems but of course it’s far easier to say that than to enforce.
What do you think?