Sunday, November 1

What Can and Can't be Worn to School



If you know me, you know I get really into Halloween. So I couldn't very well post the day after my favorite holiday without sharing a few photos. This is my family, minus the youngest who went as Spider Man. (My husband has his camera and I'm afraid I haven't downloaded his photo yet.) So, now that I have this out of my system, I will discuss this week's topic: School.






It seems like what people can and can't wear to school is always making news. Just the other day, there was an article about a junior high girl who got her nose pierced to honor her Sikh background. Since this piercing didn't adhere to the school's body piercing rule (meaning it was somewhere besides her ears), she was suspended. As you can imagine, it caused quite an uproar. The school and girl eventually compromised and she stuck a clear plastic stud in her nose.





Here's another story for you. Now, keep in mind that this is from my babysitters who go to our local junior high, and I have no idea why they'd make this up, but keep in mind I haven' t heard this from the school itself, so I'm going to leave names out in case there was some misinterpretation. I do, however, think this is probably a rule at other schools so I feel justified in mentinioning it here. This particular junior high doesn't allow "cross dressing" for Halloween. So, a boy cannot dress like a female cheerleader or an old lady or Madonna. A girl cannot dress like Michael Jackson or Santa or Peter Pan. Anyway, you get the idea.





On the other hand, our local elementary school allowed its students to wear masks for the Halloween parade portion of the school day.





I left out my opinion on purpose because I'm curious what you think of these particular school-issued rules: body piercing, opposite sex costumes for Halloween, and masks for Halloween.

12 comments:

Anna R said...

I don't see why they can't cross- dress but during most haloween times I was either home schooled or sick. I never made a haloween party or trick or treating except at a hospital as an asexual ghost- well, I guess it was because I was only wearing a sheet..

Alissa said...

Well, it wasn't Halloween, but one year the boys in my high school all came to school wearing skirts to protest the no-shorts rule in our dress code. The next year, we were allowed to wear shorts after May 15.

One year on Halloween my sister went as a half man/ half woman. I wonder if she would have been allowed to go to your local school? Perhaps for half a day? Ok, sorry. Seriously, this seems like a stupid rule to me.

Wendy Toliver said...

Anna, I love that ghost story. And Alissa, that's hilarious about the boys dressing in skirts and wow, I have no idea about a half-man half -woman costume. thanks for the comments!

Alyson Noel said...

A little girl dressed as Peter Pan is *cross dressing*????!!!!

Oh-kay . . .

And, what's so wrong with cross dressing anyway?

Wendy Toliver said...

my thoughts exactly, Alyson

Gerb said...

Ha! My youngest son was a geisha for Halloween. (http://twitpic.com/o18jb) At that age, I have a hard time calling kids dressing up in opposite sex type costumes as 'cross dressing.' That definition carries a sexual connotation that adults assign to it. To the kids, it's just funny.

Wendy Toliver said...

I agree, Gerb. I LOVE seeing guys dressed like ballerinas and other feminine characters/things. Your son looks great!

Erica Orloff said...

Well . . . I'm a rebel from way back. So I think the body piercing thing is a stupid rule. And in most cases, you can't get pierced until you are 18 anyway.

And I agree with the comment that adults assign all this "meaning" to it. And frankly, if a kid in school wants to embrace their inner Adam Lambert . . . go for it.

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Wendy Toliver said...

Good points, Erica. "Inner Adam Lambert" -- great one! :)

Stephanie Kuehnert said...

Yeah I gotta say I find the cross-dressing rule completely ridiculous. Halloween is a time when you should be allowed to be *anything* (well I guess there are some decency issues or you don't want kids coming as something threatening or insulting to others, but aside from that). And yeah, I also watched my friend get her nose pierced in the bathroom of our high school freshman year, so I think the piercing thing is ridiculous too. I think that is something that parents need to regulate, not schools.

Wendy Toliver said...

Exactly, Stephanie! Thanks for weighing in.

Melissa Walker said...

I am in favor of piercings and cross-dressing, or anything that makes people feel like they're expressing themselves in some way! Repress them too much and they'll end up the fashion world. Fabulous!