Monday, August 28, 2006

128 students suspended for innapropriate clothing.

The Pantagraph had an article today about 128 students getting suspended for 1 day for innapropriate clothing.

Since the paper does not keep historical articles up, I have reproduced the entire article here.
"HAMMOND, Ind. -- Classrooms were a little less crowded at Morton High School on the first day of classes: 128 students were sent home for wearing the wrong clothes.

Fed up with inappropriate outfits, the principal suspended the students for one day Wednesday, minutes after doors opened at the school. Those suspended represent more than 10 percent of the 1,200 total students.

The offending attire - including baggy pants, low-cut shirts, tank tops and graphic T-shirts - are banned from classrooms. Students were also cited for cell phone use.

"This was the worst year I've seen in a long time," said Principal Theresa Mayerik. "It's gotten out of control, and we needed to send a message that we're not messing around."

The Hammond school usually has 20 dress code violations a day.

Mayerik said the infraction would be removed from students' records in 12 weeks if they had no other in-school violations.

School board members said they support Mayerik and the mass suspensions. "I'd be supportive if half the school was sent home, because 99 percent will get the message our schools are for education," board president Rebecca Ward said. "

The comments on the page by readers vary widely from support to, "Hey we're kids we should be allowed to be free.", to "they should all wear uniforms". I believe in freedom of expression, but I also think that there is way too much sexually going on at school. I do not support uniforms, they do not remove the problems of cliques. A poor person wearing a uniform will still be singled out just as quickly as a smart person in uniform. The cliques will remain. Clothes as expression should be simply to state who you are, but wearing pants that fall off are not an expression. I understand that this is a fashion propogated by the MTV do nothing, be a thug culture that exists, but it is not expression.

As for the argument that they should be allowed to make their own decisions that some comments make. They can make their own decisions, they can decide to follow the rules and get an education, or not follow the rules and be bums. That's the decision that exists. I support the principle for suspending the students. Real life is not have it your way. After graduation these kids will need to get a job where they have to follow the rules. They have to wear whatever uniform they get (McDonald's, Burger King, even grocery stores have uniforms). I work with computers, we don't have uniforms, we get to freely express ourselves in clothing, as long as it's business casual. That's life. The students need to realize that and express themselves within the limits that are set. When they walk out of school, they can feel free to wear their pants around their ankles again.

This is yet another reason that I don't want to send my kids to public school. I would much rather they are home schooled. They won't be getting any more lax clothing requirements, but they won't have to deal with those kids who think that they can do and say anything that they want and not do homework, yet think they deserve an A.