Uniforms vs, street clothes

My children have long been going to public schools that require uniforms. When we were first told about this, I was a bit outraged because it seemed to me that a public school couldn’t dictate what the kids wore. But after years of wearing them, I’m all for it. My children might disagree, but I think it’s terrific. Makes mornings simple, no fights, no discussions, no thinking… only choices are which colored polos and shorts.

Today, my living on the edge step-son came home from school wearing the latest acquisition from Hot Topic. I didn’t see him leave the house this morning, but listening to his story today… I thought, maybe uniforms are a good idea for his age too.

He wore a band tshirt today (I’m too old to care what the name of the band is) and on the back of his tshirt, it said, “Hit ’em in the head first”. On the front is a picture of a man standing with a long slender paddle like object with blood dripping from the tip.

He was told today that he can’t wear this tshirt anymore. And I said, RIGHT ON!! He stood in the kitchen voicing his outrage (he’s 16) that he can’t wear this shirts. He had the audacity to say to me and his dad, “this is a cricket stick, and that’s not blood, it’s dirt.”

For the record, under the phrase “hit ’em in the head first” is a silhouette of one person mid air whacking another person with what looks like a medieval flail — a studded ball on the end of a chain attached to a stick.

I looked at his dad, who was buying his son’s garbage hook line and sinker and I stopped the entire conversation and asked them both who they thought they were kidding??? This t-shirt clearly condoned violence and suggested very aggresive behavior and the principal or whomever reprimanded him should have made him turn his tshirt inside out for the rest of the school day.

It was an unpopular opinion, trust me. But pardon me, when did freedom of speech include filling young minds with violent thoughts and that be considered OK???

I’m all for uniforms…. I hope all schools county wide go to them. Because even in houses where sane, rational people live, there are some who will just not get the message.

8 Comments so far

  1. Bob (unregistered) on September 30th, 2005 @ 9:05 am

    I went to Catholic schools my whole life and therefore always wore a uniform to school. Of course I hated them but when I went to college I missed them because picking out clothes in the morning is a PITA. Now I have kids in Catholic school and I really appreciate the uniforms for the same reasons you noted. I wish I could wear a uniform to work.


  2. AnnMarie (unregistered) on September 30th, 2005 @ 12:53 pm

    I am kind of on the fence about them in elementary school, but by middle and high school, I definitely think they are a good idea.

    And heck, the clothes they make for girls under 10 these days is getting downright skanky, so maybe elementary school isn’t a bad idea either.


  3. zee (unregistered) on October 4th, 2005 @ 4:05 pm

    I’m all for uniforms, too. Spent half my life in there, and as a teen, I thought it made me look cooler when I would go out to the movies or bowling to be out and about in jeans (yeah, teenage vanity, LOL). Plus, clothes tend to last longer, which is a plus.


  4. Lara (unregistered) on October 5th, 2005 @ 4:08 am

    The idea of a uniform was made with all good intentions but it hinders self expression. What we as americans wear is a direct reflection of ourselves. While it has been argued that uniforms hurt those who can’t afford the “in” clothes that may not always be the case. For those who can’t afford there is a salvation army and a lesson to be learned. Life is not fair and chances are it never will be. The people who make fun of others are not your friends, while clothes may reflect your personality they don’t make the person.


  5. adolf hitler (unregistered) on October 10th, 2005 @ 2:05 pm

    Uniforms are gooden!!!dey vill keep the kinder in line and make them obey!!!all kinder much vear uniforms! for the glory of the riech!!!heil!!!


  6. nba sucks (unregistered) on October 31st, 2005 @ 11:03 pm

    Uniforms, uniforms.. what is this the NBA????
    we don’t need no stinking uniforms we the hood.. we be living large with our bling on our necks – dress up or shut up


  7. Neon Tibs (unregistered) on November 6th, 2005 @ 6:44 pm

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  8. Rebecca (unregistered) on November 30th, 2005 @ 8:27 pm

    I am 15 and i go to a private christian school and this is my 2nd year and yes i do admit it is kind of better then having to wake up every morning looking for a new outfit but they should let them wear what they think is comfortable because it don’t matter what is on the outside its all about what is on the inside because thats what people see.

    -becca



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