Dress code in St. Lucie schools may g...

Dress code in St. Lucie schools may get stricter

There are 88 comments on the Sun-Sentinel story from Feb 19, 2006, titled Dress code in St. Lucie schools may get stricter. In it, Sun-Sentinel reports that:

Matt Stabinski, an 18-year-old honors student at St. Lucie West Centennial High School, sees plenty of campus fashion that drops jaws and raises eyebrows -- from boys' baggy pants that show boxer shorts to ...

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Diamond

Port Saint Lucie, FL

#1 Feb 21, 2006
i don't think that dress code should be stricter because our kids don't come to school for fashion they come to learn. And some of us parents don't have the money to buy uniforms because it's too much to pay $4.99 for a collar shirt. So thats why i thin k they don't need to get sticter on dress code in st. lucie schools. thank you
Joanna

AOL

#2 Jun 14, 2006
I think there shouldn't be a dress code because dress code expresses someones indivuality and characteristics.
Parent in PSL

United States

#3 Jul 27, 2006
Folks - the pendulum has swung. The kids these days have been pushing the limits of good taste so far and for several years now, it is only natural for a stricter dress code to be enforced. So pull up your pants and turn your hat around. One poster mentioned that the kids are in school for an education, not a fashion show. Exactly! Take the distractions away (droopy drawers!) and watch the grades climb.
a high school student

Miami, FL

#4 Aug 3, 2006
whats wrong with you, parent in PSL? Cant you see that most kids in school dont wear their pants loose and must I add that only the guys actually consider doing that? I think it is extremely unfair to judge us all just because you consider droopy drawers to be distracting. Actually, most girls completely ignore them and actually request they pull their pants up for our own...benefits..I guess. Nobody wants to see that! I think having a strict dress code is not only uncomfortable and costly but it doesn't let individuality among us students but actually makes us feel we are still in preschool. I mention uncomfortable because not all guys and girls feel good and self-confident enough to wear tucked shirts with belts. They actually continue to be "distracted" by the way they look in clothes they are forced to wear. Let them wear what they feel more comfortable in and you'll see more focused students!
Jessica

Atlanta, GA

#5 Dec 22, 2006
Its only right for a student to express its indivisuality,so leave it alone no uniforms
concerned american

Spartanburg, SC

#6 Dec 22, 2006
a high school student wrote:
whats wrong with you, parent in PSL? Cant you see that most kids in school dont wear their pants loose and must I add that only the guys actually consider doing that? I think it is extremely unfair to judge us all just because you consider droopy drawers to be distracting. Actually, most girls completely ignore them and actually request they pull their pants up for our own...benefits..I guess. Nobody wants to see that! I think having a strict dress code is not only uncomfortable and costly but it doesn't let individuality among us students but actually makes us feel we are still in preschool. I mention uncomfortable because not all guys and girls feel good and self-confident enough to wear tucked shirts with belts. They actually continue to be "distracted" by the way they look in clothes they are forced to wear. Let them wear what they feel more comfortable in and you'll see more focused students!
the trouble that is you have too many that decide to leave their boobs hanging out and wear their skirts so short you can see their chins. of course you might be one of them. after school, you can change into what you choose. we need to put some class into our school systems.
concerned american

Spartanburg, SC

#7 Dec 22, 2006
a high school student wrote:
whats wrong with you, parent in PSL? Cant you see that most kids in school dont wear their pants loose and must I add that only the guys actually consider doing that? I think it is extremely unfair to judge us all just because you consider droopy drawers to be distracting. Actually, most girls completely ignore them and actually request they pull their pants up for our own...benefits..I guess. Nobody wants to see that! I think having a strict dress code is not only uncomfortable and costly but it doesn't let individuality among us students but actually makes us feel we are still in preschool. I mention uncomfortable because not all guys and girls feel good and self-confident enough to wear tucked shirts with belts. They actually continue to be "distracted" by the way they look in clothes they are forced to wear. Let them wear what they feel more comfortable in and you'll see more focused students!
uniforms, no more seeing underwear!!! totally disgusting. it's been too long in coming!!
concerned american

Spartanburg, SC

#8 Dec 22, 2006
Diamond wrote:
i don't think that dress code should be stricter because our kids don't come to school for fashion they come to learn. And some of us parents don't have the money to buy uniforms because it's too much to pay $4.99 for a collar shirt. So thats why i thin k they don't need to get sticter on dress code in st. lucie schools. thank you
that's bs. it costs more to buy other clothing. what a cop out!! any excuse so kids can look revolting!!!! it's disgusting to see students
dress the way they have been. underwear showing and many times their butts. girls boobs and crotch. you should be ashamed if your children don't dress this way for them to be associating with so many that do. it's a very bad influence on their future. if they do dress that way, SHAME ON YOU! you shouldn't let them out of the door dressed that way. i hope the schools enforce it!
PrettyGyrl777

United States

#9 Dec 23, 2006
You guys are so passionate about something you know nothing about. First off, the whole dress code issue has nothing to do with butts or crotches or underwear hanging out. School administration doesnt care about that. Thats such side issue.

The REAL issue is the growing gang violence/activity in St.Lucie county area. From the comments, Im aware that none of you work in the school system, or in law enforcement so I wouldnt expect you to know anything. But allow me to enlighten you: Certain styles of clothing (besides the pants hanging down), colors and brand names have been associated with different gangs. A few of the gangs are local but many are from OUT of state. In our last gang training, they shared a list of over 80 gangs identified in our area. There were more but only 80 were discussed at the meeting.

Many kids recruited are in middle school (some as young as elementary). Gangs are families and these kids literally grow up with them. An 18 year old, if you can imagine it, would not make a good recruit. And a surprising number are coming from the Port St. Lucie area (Ft. Pierce has had this problem for years on the local gang level). Part of the dress code idea is to put a stop to the advertising and the identification of the gangs through clothing. Its ALOT more involved than what Im typing here but this is shed some light as to why dress code seems to be getting more strict each year.

I need to respond to the person who said that clothing is an expression of one's individual characteristics (something to that affect). Well you need to ask them, just what the hell it is that they're trying to express? If they're simply copying clothing trends, they need to be aware of where the style comes from. For example, the pants around the a*ss is a style that started in prison and it translates to "Im open and I'll let you in" if you know what I mean.
I HATE PSL

Saint George, UT

#10 Dec 24, 2006
I think the dress code is ridiculous. Guess what I hate how my kid dresses, and my mom hated the way I dressed. I hate my kids music and TV shows and my mom didnt like what i watched and my mom's mom was mad about the whole Elvis hips thing. I rode a bike never wore a helmet. Get off the kids asses, you dont have to like it. I remember my mom saying, "when your the parent". Well jeez I figured I could use that line, but I dont have to cause all the other parents make laws and rules now I dont get to. As far as stopping the gang activity, get a competent police and criminal justice system and they will all be locked up...
midniteangel in PSL

Boca Raton, FL

#11 Dec 25, 2006
It is one thing wanting to look good or look different but it's another thing to be disrespectful such as wanting everyone to see your under wear. It is just plain disgusting and makes a statement that is quite clear. Why kids would want to look ghetto is just pitiful.
I HATE PSL

Saint George, UT

#12 Dec 26, 2006
Dont get me wrong, I dont like the pants worn low either.. As I dont like most of the styles. But thats a generational gap issue. All the groups and stars these kids like are wearing there underwear on the outside, including bras and corsettes. I do control where my kid goes and wears. I think the dress code and personal conduct of a child in school is a parents responsiblity and too many parents are shirking this responsibilty over to the schools.
sjjabs

Port Saint Lucie, FL

#13 Dec 27, 2006
If the School Admin. are unsure at how to address (no pun intended)this issue, they should examine how other states tackle this problem (e.g. N.Y.C.)Set a formal dress code: no cut-off jeans, appropiate T-shirts, no middrifs. Get parents to volunteer their time (that's how it's done in N.Y.C. with a student population of 4,900 kids in one H.S. alone). Second: put in school scanners to identify kids that go to that particular school TO LEARN.>>>> if the district wants to succeed in their Dress For Success POLICY, then school Admin. should set a positive role model as well.third, create new elective classes, Business, Finance, so that these kids will actually have a purpose for "Dressing Corporate".
Student

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#14 Jan 14, 2007
UNIFORMS SUCK!!
concerned american

Pompano Beach, FL

#15 Jan 15, 2007
Student wrote:
UNIFORMS SUCK!!
OH, AND I guess you think the way kids dress now looks good and appropriate for school? They go to school to learn and prepare for their future. They are not learning. Haven't you read about the horrible grades these kids are making. Their tests reveal they aren't learning what they should be in school. Parents should be behind uniforms 100%.
Jessie Dancer

Arvada, CO

#16 Jan 24, 2007
I definitely agree with dress codes, if not uniforms. Immodest clothing is distracting, uncomfortable for everyone, and dangerous. The sexual harrasment is horrible nowadays and dress codes fix that. They also improve student behavior, reduce peer sexual harassment, raise student scores,and are worth the effort it takes to enforce them.
ny girl _

Pompano Beach, FL

#17 Jan 30, 2007
First off we are all talking about a public school having a dress code not a private school. Students should be able to wear anything they want. If someone’s "boobs" are hanging out or if their pants are "TO LOW" then you punish the individual. It is completely unfair to punish the whole school. I as one don’t wear my skirt to short and I go to school in very appropriate clothing. Schools in Florida are already slow. I am from New York and the Florida education system is 3 years behind. I am a straight A student here in Florida where in New York I was barley holding a C average. The school should be more concerned about the teacher’s actually teaching instead of a dress code. I have 7 classes and since AUGUST when I moved here I have not seen ONE of my teachers give an actual teaching lesson. The teachers here are to busy e-mailing each other all day long. By giving students a 20 minute read every day is not doing them good. Honestly ask your child what they do in 3rd period when they are supposed to be reading?. I know my whole class listens to their Ipods. The principals in every school should worry more about their "LAZY" teachers instead of what students come wearing to school. By doing this, mabey Florida's grades will go up and you wont be 3 years behind New York anymore.
freshman kid

Maspeth, NY

#18 Feb 4, 2007
High school student does have a point.
Hear me out, uniforms are distracting and uncomfortable. I'm more focused in class when i'm wearing something comfortable for me. Besides, uniforms are expensive, its easier to just wear clothes from MY wardrobe without having to go out buying extras.

That also doesn't mean that students should go around with the baggy pants, ridiculously tight clothes, etc, etc. The school can enforce a REASONABLE dress code, e.g., no skirts hanging over two inches above the knee, or no shoulders exposed, things like that. Just because you want kids to stop dressing inappropriately doesn't mean you make them dress like droids.

Thank you
Hope

Boca Raton, FL

#19 Feb 7, 2007
If gang affilitations are not shown through the colors of a person's clothing they will merely be shown in other ways. I'd love to read a report from that shows gang activity decreases when uniforms are present. Considering that the outside world exists, and gang members know who one another are, why wouldn't they recognize each other at school anyhow?

Having a dress code decided upon by people who do not have to adhere to it is hardly what I'd call fair. This issue may have evolved from fears of gangs and butt-cracks, but in the end it is a student rights issue.

There is, in my opinion, a fair way to resolve this: 1) Take a consensus of the students to see if THEY want a dress code imposed. 2) If they do, tailor it to THEIR requests (based on majority rule).

But the reason this is not likely to occur without a LOT of pushing is because "children" (young adults) tend to be viewed as niave. The surrounding adults like to tell them what's best for them; in practically the same breath they're told that they are the future of Amerika and are blessed to live in such a wonderful democracy.

Students need more rights in general. This issue is only one example of that and should be a rallying call for all the students who DO want to be involved to stand up and say "This is my school, too." Maybe if school didn't feel like the State's "turf" more students would actually give a care about completing their education there.
concerned american

Pompano Beach, FL

#20 Feb 8, 2007
Hope wrote:
If gang affilitations are not shown through the colors of a person's clothing they will merely be shown in other ways. I'd love to read a report from that shows gang activity decreases when uniforms are present. Considering that the outside world exists, and gang members know who one another are, why wouldn't they recognize each other at school anyhow?
Having a dress code decided upon by people who do not have to adhere to it is hardly what I'd call fair. This issue may have evolved from fears of gangs and butt-cracks, but in the end it is a student rights issue.
There is, in my opinion, a fair way to resolve this: 1) Take a consensus of the students to see if THEY want a dress code imposed. 2) If they do, tailor it to THEIR requests (based on majority rule).
But the reason this is not likely to occur without a LOT of pushing is because "children" (young adults) tend to be viewed as niave. The surrounding adults like to tell them what's best for them; in practically the same breath they're told that they are the future of Amerika and are blessed to live in such a wonderful democracy.
Students need more rights in general. This issue is only one example of that and should be a rallying call for all the students who DO want to be involved to stand up and say "This is my school, too." Maybe if school didn't feel like the State's "turf" more students would actually give a care about completing their education there.
Spoken by a student that wants to do what they want. ZThe schools needs need to decide these things. They are responsible for giving these kids an education. With all these distractions going on, this is not possible. When I went to school I went by the rules. No questions asked. We dressed decent. We would have been sent home if we ignored the rules. If it happened again, we would have been expelled. There were a few that got expelled and ended up dropping out of school early. They were losers to begin with. It's the same if you get a decent job and you come in to work dressed like a bum, you have to go home. Do it again your fired. Some people just don't care about anything! lol. My children are grown and have a great education and know how to obey the rules. I don't support them, they support themselves and their families very well. They are raising their children in private catholic school and teaching them the way they were taught. Respect, good grooming and hygiene still goes a long way in this world. Class will never be out of style.

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