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Posted: 24 May 2006 04:49 AM   [ Ignore ]
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http://apnews.myway.com/article/20060523/D8HPOG580.html

BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) - Brockton High School has banned T-shirts with Sesame Street characters. But these are no regular pictures of Bert and Ernies.

On some, Oscar the Grouch emerges from his garbage can, wielding a 9 mm handgun. On others, Bert and Ernie are standing in a gang posture, armed with automatic weapons.

“We were amazed,” said the school’s principal, Susan Szachowicz. “You focus on the Sesame Street character. But the more we looked at it, the more we saw the things in it, the guns, the gang stuff.”

There have only been a few shirts at school, but officials said students are being told to stop to stop wearing them because of the pro-gang message. School officials also said they violate the school dress policy.

Last week, Brockton was awarded $685,000 in state anti-gang funding.

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Posted: 24 May 2006 08:49 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Schools should just witch to uniforms or white button up shirts with navy/black pants.

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Posted: 24 May 2006 03:06 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Maegan - 24 May 2006 12:49 PM

Schools should just witch to uniforms or white button up shirts with navy/black pants.

I agree.

Dan, about to open a school-uniform business

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Posted: 24 May 2006 09:30 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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The more I spend on clothing a 15 yr old girl the more I agree

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Posted: 26 May 2006 03:29 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I would have gladly worn a uniform to school, only however, if they allowed me to wear slacks and not a skirt.

Honestly I think its a bit sexist that some school uniforms require girls to wear a skirt while boys can wear slacks.

(I just hate the feel of my thighs rubbing together… hose or no raspberry )

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Posted: 26 May 2006 04:15 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Hmm. . .even with school uniforms, kids will still find a way.  It might be bracelets, or the way they have their socks rolled, or the way they have their showlaces crossed.  You could make the kids not wear anything at all, and they’d still use the way they part their hair or whatever to show what group or gang they belong to (“Is that a gang freckle you’ve got there on your leg, sonny?  Quick, get the skinning knife!”).

I suppose we could start blindfolding students, so that those types of symbols won’t be as effective any more.

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Posted: 26 May 2006 06:51 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Children and youths have a need for safe boundaries that uniforms provide, yet they also seek to identify themselves as self-aware individuals.  Youngsters have always needed to make their own statement.  That DOES frequently lead them dress or express with a misguided mindset of being unique even while they follow the exact trends of other peers. 

Curbing inappropriate, provacative or inflamatory attire whether it’s a shirt or bracelet, may be the safest way of permitting our children be who they are….........if you take a good look at clothing choices they are making, it is fairly ‘uniform’ even if not adult selected uniforms

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Posted: 26 May 2006 06:53 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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At our school we had a dress code of black, white and grey.
Football colours, provocative clothing, and jeans were strictly not allowed.
Of course, I loved it. I just got to wear black the entire time!

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Posted: 26 May 2006 01:16 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Accipiter - 26 May 2006 08:15 AM

Hmm. . .even with school uniforms, kids will still find a way.  It might be bracelets, or the way they have their socks rolled, or the way they have their showlaces crossed.  You could make the kids not wear anything at all, and they’d still use the way they part their hair or whatever to show what group or gang they belong to (“Is that a gang freckle you’ve got there on your leg, sonny?  Quick, get the skinning knife!”).

I suppose we could start blindfolding students, so that those types of symbols won’t be as effective any more.

My friend’s daughter was enrolled in a Christian private school…Her socks had to be a certain length, her shoes were dress - so no laces.  She was not allowed to wear jewelry or makeup.  She was not allowed to part her hair more than once.

The girls were allowed to wear pants, but their shirts had to remain tucked in, so they couldn’t really wear low riders.  They had to purchase shirts with the school logo on them…and they came in white, navy blue, sky blue, & grey.  They had to own at LEAST one white long sleeved school shirt, with a jacket for award ceremonies, picture day, and any other event the staff deemed “dress” only.  Oh…and their pants had to technically be “slacks”, not jeans, khakis, or track pants.  The school of course allowed you to buy pants, jumpers, & skirts (knee length)...but you could also purchase them in most of the local department stores.

A lot of the elementary schools here have “uniforms”.  Like 3 days a week they have to wear white or blue shirts with blue, black or khaki colored shorts/pants/skirts/jumpers.

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Posted: 27 May 2006 05:50 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Bah.. Just get ‘em all bright orange one-peice coveralls, with the school’s name on the back…

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