Hoods off

Hooded sweatshirts are now banned in some Boston-area schools, reports the Globe.

Hoodies pose a safety threat, area school officials say, for several reasons. Students, perhaps after doing something wrong, can make a quick, anonymous exit from school by shielding their faces from security cameras. Nonstudents can blend in and sneak in and out of the school. Also, students can hide contraband more easily.

Hoodie-banning schools also tend to ban pajamas, flip-flops and midriff-baring tops.

An Indiana principal suspended more than 10 percent of her high school’s students on the first day of class for dress code violations, including “baggy pants, low-cut shirts, tank tops and graphic T-shirts.”

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  1. Hoodies have been banned in the Buffalo Schools for years because that is a major problem.

    Also, flip-flops are banned because if there is an emergency and kids need to exit quickly, flip flops mean tripping and slipping, and chaos. They’re just plain unsafe.

  2. The university changed one of the large dorm cafeterias into a computer cluster, and since I like early morning classes, I ended up teaching in the dorm cafeteria turned cluster for an 8 o’clock class.

    Who registered for it? Mostly students who lived in that dorm. And they came to class in pajamas, house slippers, and yes, even curlers.


  3. My school has gone through AGONY trying to come up with a dress code policy that’s acceptable to virtually everyone. We think we’ve succeeded; however, we haven’t banned hoodies or flip-flops, but only bulky winter coats (for safety reasons). The other regulations are basically cosmetic, like collared shirts required, and no shorts shorter than down to the knee (which the girls hate), etc.

  4. Perhaps the answer is for every school district to adopt an official school uniform. Even the high schools. After all, someday, may of these young people will have a job in which they will be told how to dress for that job, or even be given the clothing they WILL wear for that job.
    They can dress like they want on their time.

  5. Wayne Martin says:

    My guess is that a well thought-out dress code could actually improve the individual performance of many students, and the aggregate testing results for some schools.