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Public School Uniforms?!?!?!?


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Well this is just, great, okay let me fill you in, I woke up got the paper, grab my cheerios and sit down to see what prediciment Garfield's gotten himself in today, when all of a sudden, WHAM! Front page says, "School Board: Bay students will wear uniforms" well, let's just say at that point there were Cheerios all over my kitchen wall. I found that unfortunatley there was a vast majority in favor of uniforms. Now it's already ridiculous that sunglasses and hats are out-lawed, (PS. WE'RE IN FLORIDA! IT GETS HOT! SOMETIMES TANKTOPS ARE NECESSARY!) but to reduce a student's individuality to a uniform; it's grotesque, horrific, and just plain unconstitutional! I understand that some students are teased; and I totally disagree with that; but to punish a majority for a minority is reprehensible. Furthermore according to Tinker v. Des Moines (1969) it is (if I may quote Justice Abe Fortas, “. . . In the absence of a specific showing of constitutionally valid reasons to regulate their speech, students are entitled to freedom of expression of their views."
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". . . First Amendment rights, applied in light of the special characteristics of the school environment, are available to teachers and students. It can hardly be argued that either students or teachers shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate. . . ."

So, hopefully when I approach the District School Board with this, they'll change their minds.


Questions :
What do you think about Public School enforcing Uniforms?
What do you think about student rights in general?

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