Cumberland County Schools Complaint - Why Should Parents Have To Buy School Uniforms?

Review by shorty4 on 2009-05-13
ELIZABETH CASHWELL, NORTH CAROLINA -- I think it is really crazy, that elementary kids have to wear school uniforms, we as parents buy their clothes, and we should have the right to pick what are kids are going to wear to school, especially when it is us the parents that are buying the clothes, it is our money, that has to pay for it, if the schools want them in uniforms then they should provide them and they should pay for them............. I know there is a way to fight uniforms in school, and I will find out what it is, and I will fight it b/c it is not right that my child has to wear a uniform to go to school when she has clothes, and are very nice and appropriate.....And I have to buy them just for her to go to school then, the schools want to tell you the colors that you can only put on your child, that is drawing the line.........I know other parents feel like I do.
Comments:20 Replies - Latest reply on 2009-05-13
Posted by BokiBean on 2009-05-13:
We have uniforms for all public schools here and it has worked out beautifully.

While your child has nice, appropriate clothes, other children don't. Having uniforms has greatly eliminated a lot of the class-conscious bullying and teasing of children that have less here.

It has also completely cut out some of the less appropriate street ho looks that seem to be popping out all over. No bare midriffs, no booty shorts.

Then there was the issue of tennis shoes and gold chains..those are no longer items that can get kids mugged, as they are not allowed.

I'm not sure why you think Uncle Sam should pay for your kids uniforms either. Its your kid and you're going to buy clothes for them to attend school either way.

Good luck with that fight, some parents tried it here and failed. Right now you're just angry, but I hope someday that you see that the benefits of school uniforms outweigh your indignation...
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-05-13:
the only uniforms that belong in school are sports uniforms.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-05-13:
I agree Boki, you're gonna buy your kids clothes anyways. Mervyns used to sell uniforms at a reasonable price. Now that they are no longer in business, I'm not sure what store would sell affordable uniforms
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-05-13:
Oh come on Steve, you never got into the naughty school girl look?
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-05-13:
No I prefer naughty girls...not the look

Posted by Anonymous on 2009-05-13:
Oh *putting away plaid skirt and white button down shirt*
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-05-13:
I don't know why but I just thought of that show 'Charm School' on VH1...all the chicks wear a uniform,but in a sl*tty way...lol
Posted by BokiBean on 2009-05-13:
We actually have uniform stores now that came about after the code came into effect. And there are sections in thrifts stores that stock used school uniforms as well for the budget conscious..

All this happened several years ago, and after the initial furor settled down, you don't even hear about it anymore.
Posted by BokiBean on 2009-05-13:
LOL TW, a lot of the high school girls roll up their skirts as soon as they leave school property.. :D
Posted by Principissa on 2009-05-13:
All of our kids in public schools here have to wear uniforms, fortunately my son goes to the only public school in the county that does not require them. The middle and high school both do. And I have no problems with purchasing uniforms. My oldest son's private school requires uniforms as well.

You're going to buy them clothes anyway, I don't really see what the issue is. I buy my oldest son's black uniform pants (they wear black khaki pants and a maroon polo shirt) from Target for 5.00 each. The polo's are also 5.00. I buy him 5 pairs of pants and five shirts, and it costs me 53.15. That's less than what I spend on just plain old jeans and t-shirts for him by almost 100.00.
Posted by spiderman2 on 2009-05-13:
"if the schools want them in uniforms then they should provide them and they should pay for them............. " I hate to break it to you, but you will still pay for them through your school taxes. My kids wear uniforms. It saves so much money on clothes -- I love it! Of course, what I am saving on clothes, I pay in tuition LOL!!
Posted by BokiBean on 2009-05-13:
spider, that is an excellent point!
Posted by Principissa on 2009-05-13:
I don't see what the big deal is with this, I mean really, you have to send your kids to school, and here if you send them out of uniform, they get sent home, no exceptions.

I'd rather see all the kids wearing uniforms than see them running around looking like tramps with their thongs and butt cracks showing. Even the teachers at our schools have uniforms that they HAVE to wear, khaki pants and a shirt/blouse with the schools color on it.

It doesn't faze me at all either way, as I said, I'd much rather see a sea of uniforms than a sea of butt cracks and bling.
Posted by BokiBean on 2009-05-13:
True Princi, and here we had kids who wanted to flash gang colors at school, which caused some pretty bad situations. And this was middle school!!!!

After a couple of times seeing little boys get the absolute snot beat out of them for a pair of sneakers, its easy to see the benefit.
Posted by Principissa on 2009-05-13:
We didn't have the gang problems, but both the teachers and the parents got tired of the inappropriate clothing and said it had to stop. In NJ where my sister substitutes though she says that they have a lot of problems with the rival gang colors and that's why they wear uniforms. They even make them wear a certain kind of tennis shoe because students were getting beat up and jumped for their shoes! I couldn't believe that someone would beat someone up for a tennis shoe.
Posted by Nohandle on 2009-05-13:
Would you believe this is a big debate in this area right now? Like it or not the BOE decided come fall there would be school uniforms. Pro or con the school systems couldn't enforce a dress code so they elected to go with uniforms. I don't have a dog in this fight but it seems to me those who came to school with baggy britches and plunging necklines will figure a way around it. Back to square one.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-05-13:
Every day when I leave for work, I see the gaggle of young kids on the corner waiting for the bus. Invariably there are 2 or 3 nine year olds who are dressed like they are going to a costume party as hookers. I'm sure their parents would be the first to scream at the concept of uniforms.
Posted by Principissa on 2009-05-13:
They always do, that's why our district went with a zero tolerance policy about the dress code. The only thing that they don't have a requirement about is footwear. But if your pants are too low or your top is too low and tight, you get sent home. No exceptions. And I am all for it. I'm so sick of seeing this kids running around barely clothed and mooning me. It's disgusting.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-05-13:
My middle school was bad on the gang violence. The year after I went to high school, the middle school finally got uniforms. The elementary school followed a few years later. I would have been happy wearing a uniform to school. It would have saved a lot of headaches of buying the 'right' jeans and certain brand names. As long as I go to wear my Vans.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-05-13:
Mandated school uniforms in a state ran school is so Orwellian scary. I agree, the state should not dictate to you how to dress your child. I guess though if we teach youngsters at a young enough age to acquiesce their individuality to the state for the sake of order and security and perhaps self esteem then as adults they'll be far more accepting of accepting an identity of the state. Lessons taught but never learned.

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