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Should Students Be Able To Wear "Extreme" Makeup and Hairstyles?

Should Students Be Able To Wear "Extreme" Makeup and Hairstyles?


A school district in Florida has banned "extreme makeup," unusual hair styles and hair colors, and piercings outside of those on earlobes. One teenager who's fighting the dress code has been suspended twice for wearing a lip ring. (Funnily enough, my high school suspended—and after pressure, reinstated—two of my buddies for piercing their eyebrows back in the day. Plus ça change...)

Supporters of the policy say that wacky hair and makeup distracts students, but opponents say the policy unfairly punishes kids for expressing themselves in nontraditional ways. What do you think?

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