Ban on Hooded Sweatshirts

@shakeroo (3990)
Malaysia
December 23, 2007 10:40am CST
A school in Meriden, Connecticut bans students from wearing hooded sweatshirts as many students use the hood to hide earphones and listening to music instead of the teachers. "The hooded sweaters, and some of the hooded shirts that are out, all those are excluded. If you're in the stores shopping, that's all there is -- everything is hooded," said parent Cheryl Tomassetti. I wonder what would happen if they happen to have a female Muslim students who must wear the head gear whenever she is out in public... Full story here: http://www.wfsb.com/education/14909192/detail.html
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@lbinkley (1078)
• United States
24 Dec 07
I think this is absolutely STUPID. I LOVE to wear hooded sweatshirts. They are so comfortable. And they are much more common nowadays than sweatshirts without a hood. You know, I think it would be fine to ban having the hoods on your head during school, but to ban wearing the shirt alltogether? Come on now. I'll bet some of the parents who just spent hundreds of dollars on school clothes can't be too happy right now. Hooded sweatshirts aren't cheap!
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@shakeroo (3990)
• Malaysia
24 Dec 07
Thanks for sharing your view on this issue.
@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
24 Dec 07
While it is true, that kids sometimes have their hearphones and are listening to music in class, I don't really feel that banning the hooded sweaters is the solution or that that small crime needs to be punished in that way. After all if I'm in school and spend my time listening to music trough my earphones hidden underneath my hooded sweater, I will probably end up failing the course and that will be punishment enough in my opinion - a proper consequence :) In any case, with so many things much more dangerous and troubling happening in schools I'm not sure banning hooded sweaters would be in my TO DO list.
@shakeroo (3990)
• Malaysia
24 Dec 07
Thanks for sharing your views!
@sedel1027 (17851)
• United States
24 Dec 07
I am surprised that they were allowed no the first place. Here if you wear a sweatshirt, it must be a school sweatshirt which do not have hoods. Winter heavy jackets can't even have hoods (we are in the south so it doesn't get too terribly cold). I own man, many clothing items bought in the juniors section that are winter clothing that do not have hoods. I don't see what the big deal is, kid should not be listening to music or trying to get away with it. Just seems like one more rule to adhere to for the dress code.
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@shakeroo (3990)
• Malaysia
24 Dec 07
Thanks for sharing your views!
• United States
24 Dec 07
If they get stupid enough to try to make a female Child Of Islam to take off her head dress, there will be a lawsuit.The sad part is that the hood ban will not make students pay attention in class. And it is up in New England where you need that hood to keep warm.So instead of having the kid in class, they will be home sick because they couldn't wear a hood.
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@shakeroo (3990)
• Malaysia
24 Dec 07
Thanks for sharing your views.
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@medooley (1874)
• United States
23 Dec 07
Heaven forbid that a school is actually trying to make sure that kids are in an environment where they can actually learn. If kids wearing hooded sweatshirts is a problem in this school they have every right to do that. There are rules for a reason and they need to be followed. The think about most of these kind of rules, is that if people didn't try to get away with things in the first place, like listening to music when they are supposed to be learning, they wouldn't have to put rules like this in place. These kids are in school to learn not listen to music, no wonder why our kids these days are falling more and more behind other countries in education.
@shakeroo (3990)
• Malaysia
24 Dec 07
Thanks for sharing your views. That part they listen to music in class is really bad..
• United States
23 Dec 07
The hooded shirts are also used to conceal people ID in bank robberies. This is why so many bands have signs that says that you have to remove items that will conceal your ID like hats, hooded sweatshirts sun glasses etc. In this aspect a kid could have someone take their place on class and the teacher would not know it. That is not right. Yes I believe that out side of school the hooded sweatshirts sould be allowed to be worn for protection from the weather but in heated schools they should not be allowed to be worn over their heads.
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@shakeroo (3990)
• Malaysia
24 Dec 07
Thanks for sharing your view on this discussion!
• India
23 Dec 07
You really have a knack of picking out interesting articles, shakeroo, I must say that. Well, this is not a rare occurrence and listening to music or chatting while teachers are in class are fairly commonplace. What is out of the ordinary is the school authorities banning hooded sweatshirts all out to control the "menace". This can't be the proper way to deal with the problem. What if somebody catches a cold while on the way to school? I say, let them wear the hoods while they are on the way to school, but when they are inside the warm class, it will be mandatory for everyone to lower the hoods. But special exemption must be in place for female Muslim students as it is part of their religion.
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@shakeroo (3990)
• Malaysia
24 Dec 07
Thanks and Yes, some rules need more though to be put in them...