by Todd Wiese

Last Fall the U.S. Conference of Mayors got together to discuss how to curb violence in America's schools. As part of the National Action Plan on School Violence, the Mayors decreed that one way to make schools safer was to require students to wear school uniforms. Although there have been no published studies providing evidence to support such a stance, supporters of the policy say that uniforms will decrease violence and other behavioral problems.

Some schools, such as Indian Land Elementary School in Lancaster County, South Carolina have already implemented such a policy. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, this policy requires students to wear only the following approved items of clothing: navy or khaki cotton twill or polyester/cotton pants, skirts, shorts or jumpers with white, yellow or navy collared shirts with sleeves (no printed text allowed). Shirts must be tucked in at all times and shorts, skirts or jumpers must fall within two inches of the knee.

Although the parents of students from Indian Land Elementary did vote 55 to 45 percent for the dress code, a majority vote was not received. Many parents maintain their opposition to the policy. One parent said the students "are almost treated as second class citizens. My daughter is overweight which makes her very self-conscious. She feels more comfortable if her shirt is not tucked in but has been told numerous times to tuck her shirt in because that is what the uniform policy cares for. It is almost as if the school's administrators and staff are more concerned about dress than education."

Rock Out Censorship strongly opposes the U.S. Conference of Mayors's effort to file our kids in line as a military squad, stripped of individuality and free expression. If you want to spend your hard earned money and send your child to a private or military school complete with uniforms and all, that is your right as a parent. But, public funds supplied by the tax dollars from the rest of hard working America should not be wasted on the assimilation of our youth into one bland colorless student body through oppressive uniform policies. We must not allow our individuality and ability to express ourselves through the clothes we wear to be usurped under the Public Relations guise of increased security. We ask all our readers to voice your opposition on the matter by contacting:

Dr. Bertnard J DuBray
Fort Zumwalt School District
110 Virgil Street
O'Fallon, MO 63366
PH: 314-272-6620 (extension 201 or 202)
FAX: 314-980-1946

If your school has such a policy, or if you or your child has been suspended, expelled or otherwise disciplined because of something he or she wore to school, please let us know by Reporting an Incident here.

Thanks to the American Civil Liberties Union for providing the information on this situation:

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