“A Colorado third-grader was suspended after shaving her head to show support for a friend battling cancer, because she’d violated her school’s dress code banning shaved heads. Her parents expected the school to make an exception for such a brave display of sympathy.” I understand that this was in violation of the dress code, but this is a third-grader. She is showing her love and support for her friend who is going through a tough time. No way should a third grader be suspended at a young age regardless.
“The American Civil Liberties Union says the Supreme Court has affirmed students’ rights to express their opinions, as long as they don’t “materially and substantially” disrupt classes or other school activities. But it warns on its website that it won’t always win a dress code debate: “If you think your school’s dress codes and hair codes are unfair and you want to challenge them, be aware that a court probably won’t overturn the codes unless the judge finds that they’re really unreasonable, or that they’re discriminatory.” Everyone should realize that this is in place because sometimes the school is in the wrong and rules need to be fixed.
“Last year, 5-year-old Cooper Barton was told to turn his University of Michigan T-shirt inside-out because it violated school rules. The dress code in Oklahoma City’s public schools said students may only wear shirts from Oklahoma colleges and universities. The 2005 policy was put into place to deter gang activity.” This on the other hand is a rule that needs to be changed. A kid who has no idea what he is doing wrong is asked to change his shirt. I don’t necessarily think a 5-year-old will be promoting gang activity.
Dress codes are a touchy subject. Schools are allowed to put forth rules they think are right, but in some cases, we need to stand up for what is right and change the rules that have nothing to do with the schools themselves.