Mandating School Uniforms: Civil Rights vs. Civil Order

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The Columbine High School massacre occurred on Tuesday, April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School in unincorporated Jefferson County, Colorado, near Denver and Littleton. Two teenage students, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, carried out a shooting rampage, killing 12 fellow students and a teacher, as well as wounding 24 others, before committing suicide…

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It is this writer's belief that the introduction of mandatory school uniforms would make our schools a safer, healthier environment, and would be a good step towards eliminating some of the serious problems that we continue to see throughout our academic institutions.
Seeking to limit or ban insignai such as team jackets, bandannas, hats, jewelry, religious symbols and immodest clothing, many schools throughout the US have, or are trying, to introduce stricter rules concerning the way their students dress. However, the question over whether school uniforms or dress codes really does make a difference to the comportment of students in the areas of behaviour and academic achievements, continues to be hot debate. On the one side we see those who believe their presence steers the student towards a healthier, safer environment that is free from ridicule; and on the other side we see those who believe such enforcement destroys the freedom of self-expression and denies civil rights.
Therefore, in order to support the above thesis, we will be considering the viewpoints of those who are both for and against school uniforms, basing our arguments on trained professionals within ...
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