Schools Ban Skinny Pants

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Schools Ban Skinny Pants
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Thu, 11-19-2009 - 9:58pm

Move over, baggy pants. Saggy pants? Old news. “Skinny pants” are the newest rage, and at least one area school district is aiming to keep them off school campuses.


http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/education/stories/111909dnmetskinnypants.2ce11307c.html?nTar=OPUR


 

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Fri, 11-20-2009 - 12:48pm

The schools in my area have strict uniform policies and have for at least the last 12 years. It wasn't too popular a ruling to begin with, but now the parents and most all of the kids are fine with it.


There was one girl recently that came to school in pants that were extremely tailored... not just a nip in to fit better; they were all but painted on her.

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Fri, 11-20-2009 - 1:02pm

I can't believe someone would let their kid past the front door in something like that. But I guess she liked Olivia Newton's character in Grease. LOL!!!!


I can see both sides of the school uniform, it saves money and time when trying to figure out what to wear and its not sloppy, but flip the


 

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Sun, 11-29-2009 - 12:41am

how ridiculous. that school should adopt uniforms, since even striped shirts are banned.

if i wanted my kids to wear uniforms I would send them to a school that insists on it.

my kids all wear skinny pants and have fore years. their schools all have dress codes that make sense. a large part of their personal identity at their age is based on expressing themselves, and they have learned to do that appropriately.



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Mon, 11-30-2009 - 3:27pm

I think its completely stupid to tell kids how to dress when they go to school. I can understand certain dress codes such as no low cut tops or super short skirts and shorts.


I for one am not a fan of skinny pants, but I don't see why they should be banned though. I've never had to wear a school uniform, but my parents didn't have the money to send me or my siblings to a nicer school, so we had home school and then I finished out in public school, and yeah we had certain rules to go by, but they weren't all stupid.



 

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Mon, 12-07-2009 - 12:39pm

The dress codes my kids have are sensible. No sexually provocative clothes, no clothes w/ images of weapons, gang wear, hate words and/or symbols, etc. I wouldn't buy that anyway, but it's just a kind of common sense approach that allows for individuality.

In many parts of the country, uniforms or very strict dress codes in public schools just make sense to diminish some very real issues like violence and gangs. The proof is in the pudding, because the results are an effective decrease in the kinds of problems that plague communities infested with gangs, drugs, violence, poverty, etc. Kids do better in school when they can concentrate on learning and there are fewer distractions that gang colors, etc can create. The skinny jean thing is confusing because if there is a problem w/ violence or drugs in school, it's a lot easier to hide any type of weapon and drugs in baggy pants than skinny ones, ya know? It seems the school district in this case is enforcing a conservative sense of morality that doesn't have anything to do w/ any actual problems.

As for skinny jeans, I have 3 very tall and thin children and skinny jeans are like a god send so they can find jeans that actually FIT. Believe me, there aren't jeans skinny enough that they would be SO tight on my kids that you blushed when you looked at them. I would have to custom order that, lol. As for me, no... I only wear skinny jeans if I am wearing boots I want to tuck my jeans into. Otherwise it's a fashion don't for me. ;)

Dress code at our schools says pants can be hanging low, underwear can't be sticking out, etc. Skinny jeans are not the only jeans that are so low cut your whole bum hangs out when you sit down or bend over. If a student has tight jeans that are super low and that's happening, they are given a huge t-shirt to wear for the day that basically lets everyone know they showed up dressed inappropriately. Not a cool look. If they are baggy pants hanging down too low, teachers and administration ask the student to tuck in their shirt and then they cinch the pants up in the back w/ a zip tie, and for some kids they put on a padlock that can only be undone at the end of the day in the office. It's an effective and humorous approach, because you sure lose all your street cred when everyone can see your pants cinched up w/ a pad lock! Sometimes kids are sent home to change clothes and those periods they miss are counted as an unexcused absence. So, the incentive is there to just not break the rules unless you're willing to pay the consequences both with the school and your peers.



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Mon, 12-07-2009 - 3:19pm

I totally agree with you on the drugs and weapons not fitting into skinny pants!!! Plus they are just gonna get caught anyways!!!


I wish I had that problem, finding small enough pants to fit me!!!