Comes now from the AP a story out of Eagle Butte where the school board there is sending kids home from school for not complying with the school's dress code. Read it here.
Some parents are suing the school board saying children in the district cannot afford to comply with a dress code that requires students to dress in black, white or tan shirts, pants, skirts or shorts. The school board says they are trying to reduce gang violence in the school. Is there a lot of gang-related violence in Eagle Butte?
It appears to me from Chet Brokaw's story that a student in a pair of blue Wranglers and a red striped shirt would be told to go home. The official "uniform dress code" is here.
This is a ridiculous and unnecessary hardship and a classic example of a school board not considering the consequences of their actions.
Questions for Forumpians:
1. Does a local board have the right to tell you how to clothe your children, and if so to what degree? Why? Why not?
2. Do grade-school and middle school students enjoy the same rights of free speech adults have? Why? Why not?
3. If they can regulate what you wear at school, can they regulate what you read while having lunch or during study hall? Why? Why not?
4. Can they regulate the bumper stickers on the bicycles kids ride to school?
Where does their regulatory power begin and end?
This reminds me of a couple of things:
Years ago a student entered Stevens High School with a shotgun hidden under a long coat and held a class hostage for the better part of an afternoon. The response of Stevens officials was not to outlaw shotguns in the building, it was to outlaw coats. Students were told to leave their coats in their cars, because coats were not allowed in lockers (where they might be stolen) either. Stupid.
Even more years ago, I attended Salina High School South in Salina, Kansas. I wanted to try out for the football team. I was told I could do that just as soon as I got a short haircut and had proof that I had paid my dues to join the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. When I informed the coach Carlson that I was not inclined to join that organization, he ruffled my curly hair and said: "Jews can't play football anyway." Jews (who refused to join FCA) couldn't (weren't allowed) play basketball either; or golf; or swim; or do gymnastics; or run track or cross country; or participate in debate. (Yes, one could letter in debate.) My father (who wasn't Jewish) told me that under the circumstances, I'd never make the team no matter how good I was.
I suspect no such requirement exists today at Salina High School South. So I packed my shotgun and fishing gear in the backseat of my car and went fishing or dove, quail and pheasant hunting every day after school with my friends or my dad.
Now here's one...when there became a concern that students' shotguns could be stolen from their cars, they were urged to case them and put them in their lockers!