Free speech vs. dress code

Free speech vs. dress code

There are 10 comments on the Waxahachie Daily Light story from Oct 8, 2007, titled Free speech vs. dress code. In it, Waxahachie Daily Light reports that:

“The rule of Tinker has come to mean that a school may not regulate student expression unless the regulation may be 'justified by a showing that the student['s] [speech] would materially and substantially disrupt the work and discipline of the school”

Waxahachie ISD board members will consider amending the secondary dress code during their meeting Monday night to allow for exemptions for philosophical, medical and religious reasons. via Waxahachie Daily Light

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United States

#1 Oct 8, 2007
This story is a waste of time due to some SPOILED
student who thougth he was above school policy.And lets not forget his daddy a lawyer got more than their 15 mintues of fame then was needed.So lets keep this plain and simple what a T-SHIRT has NOTHING TO DO WITH FREE SPEECH! Its on a shirt for CRYING OUT LOUD!I hope the school board has the back bone to stick with GOOD POLICYS THAT WAS MADE. Are they are a big bunch of
SOCIAL WINNIES and afaid of SPOILED STUDENT DADDY LAWYER. This case would be LAUGHED out of court! If the T-shirt wins than someone can wear abortion T-shirt with a picture and wording.And NOTHING CAN BE DONE.The FREE SPEECH T-shirt rule. What is to stay out of school is your political assciation,religion, and sexual life style. JUST LIKE IN THE REAL WORLD AT WORK.And what the student's parents does for a living shouldnt be a factor on the ruleing IF the school board doesnt WHIP OUT !

Irving, TX

#2 Oct 8, 2007
Free speach....doubt it. But telling kids how to dress....NOT. My son wears uniforms and the crime has not decreased and quality of education sure has not increased. Same teachers....same books....same teaching for the TAPS test. Teach my son well enough....the passing is a given. His tan pants, shirt tucked in, and belt does nothing to help his mind. Just gives teachers the right to allow "some' students to get by with one shirt or jacket and someone else sent home for wearing the same thing. Buying double the clothes is not good on pocket book too. Get real people....nothing else....teachers should go by the same code. If we have twinkie kids...adults should match. But wait....then in high school you would not be able to tell everyone apart. Let KIDS be KIDS...they grow up way too fast anyway. They have plenty of time to dress for business later.

United States

#3 Oct 10, 2007
WAXAHACHIE. And if kids dont learn to respect simple rules like a dress code. Then they will not carry that over to work dress code. Like I have to put up with at work after training then and going over simple rules. They agreed to follow to keep their job. Then the kids get sent home for breaking dress code. Parent can under stand they are just being kids. Who should should have taught them to follow simple rules? Parents or the ISD ?? And at your ISD teacher/staff dress code trun that ideal in to the school board along with a date report and picturs/video on all the student that have no reason to follow the dress code. Better yet call the news station channel 8 loves to show up here. You can have them out side your high school. Kids can be Kids and have fun and learn something by learning simple this as rules at home/school/church/are what is part of you world. And simple plain dress code wont break the bank.

Stevensville, MI

#4 Feb 4, 2009
fu ck

Since: Feb 09

Brooklyn, NY

#5 Feb 14, 2009
Please. I never respected a dress code at WHS other than common sense--and I've done fine in life. As long as the clothing doesn't disrupt the classroom, kids should be allowed to wear whatever they want, with whatever messages they want imprinted on them.

Brooklyn, NY

#6 Dec 7, 2009

Dallas, TX

#7 Dec 12, 2009
Dress code censors people from showing who they really are.
Dont Judge

Harrisburg, AR

#8 Apr 4, 2010
It gives kids a chance to show what they like. Nascar, Ball[of any kind] Sports,Boxing Ink etc....Whats happened to Freedom Of Speech!! Goes for Thought & cloths....
Rocky Priapus

Norfolk, VA

#9 Jul 23, 2010
Dont Judge wrote:
It gives kids a chance to show what they like. Nascar, Ball[of any kind] Sports,Boxing Ink etc....Whats happened to Freedom Of Speech!! Goes for Thought & cloths....
Have you ever watched any of them 'crush' videos by 'Pit Boss' Stevens of Pittsville, VA!? Do you think kids should have a right to watch pit-bull dogs fight each other to the death and scantilly clad women wearing stiletto heels step on small animals?

United States

#10 Jul 25, 2010
Put them in uniforms

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