In all schools over the United States students are fighting over clothing. Some children have no respect for themselves when it comes to what they are wearing. They dress like it is a night club or like they are out on a nice sunny day at the beach. This is not appealing to everyone. This is one reason why many schools have gone to school dress codes or uniforms. Dress codes help prevent fighting, many unwanted distraction, and embarrassing moments for students. Uniforms also help decrease the number of thieves in school.
In Long Beach, California the school district has made it mandatory for all kids in k-8 grade to wear school dress codes. Fifty-six elementary school and 14 middle schools were involved in this mandatory school uniform policy that was set in the fall of 1994. A year after the uniform policy was set the assault and battery cases dropped 34 percent, physical fights dropped 51 percent, and school suspensions rate dropped 32 percent (Portner21). Many children who cannot afford the nicer things in life often steal to have them.
It can also help with children not falling into peer pressure from their friends. They can concentrate more on their school work and not on everyone else. One advantage to having school dress codes is allowing teacher and facility to identify an intruder. Even though people do not understand dress codes, they help stop many types of violence, academic distraction, and racial comments in all schools; therefore, I think that school should emplace dress codes to help our children.
Even though some fights are over a boy or girl, some are over having nice things, or even how someone cannot afford to have the privilege of the nicer things in life. Many students do not think about how people are different in all ways. Some people work hard their whole life and have nothing to show for it, while others have everything to show for it. When children are making fun of one another’s clothing sometimes it may lead to a fight or some different type of retaliation when that person can not take it anymore.
The school district of Long Beach, California dress codes stated that all students had to wear blue or black bottoms, and a white shirt. There was a way for students no to wear the suggested dress code. Dick Van DerLaan, the school district spokesman, said this is were the parents of all student could excuse their children from the uniform policy, “but, so far, only 500 parents have filled out petitions to exempt their children”(Portner21).
The National School Safety and Security Services, is an organization that helps schools nationwide to promote school safety, which agrees with having school dress codes because “(1) reducing conflict stemming from socioeconomic status, such as comments and personal attacks about who has better clothing: (2) reducing ways in which gang members can identify themselves which, in essence, is a form of intimidation and creates fear; (3) reducing the risk of students being robbed of expensive clothing , jewelry, ect. (4) in the case of uniforms, helping schools administrators to more easily identify nonstudents, trespassers, and other visitors in the hallways who stand out in the crowd” (Daniels). As the new and hot item for young people to have is a warm-up jacket that runs any where from 30 to 70 dollars. Many young children have decided to kill just to gain one of these popular items. Two young sisters both wanted one of these warm-up jackets. Their father, who usually gives the girls anything and everything they want, said “NO” when it came to these jackets.
He had heard of all the problems that the jackets had been causing. He knew that many teens had dyed from having and refusing to give the jackets up (Darnton58). These warm-up jackets sell for between 90 to 200 dollars. Who knows, why all of a sudden children think that they have to become violent or kill to get something that they want. According to Darnton that in the poor sections of Americas largest cities such as: New York, Detroit, Newark, N. J. , Chicago, and Los Angeles kids are becoming more violent and prone to kill for the hot trends.
There is also an increase of robberies. While in Detroit an 18 year old boy was wearing a “Triple F. A. T. Goose parka” and some Nike shoes. Also in Newark 64 armed robberies come from the trendy warm-up and leather jackets. These robberies took place from September to December. In Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles enforced a school dress code that banded head bandannas, big earrings which was for boys. Which then, Detroit’s school Board of education forces 259 schools, to instate and enforce a mandatory dress code (Darnton 58).