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.”