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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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Jyramiah Jyramiah 7 years
Absolutely. I used to work in a school district that was slowly turning all of its schools into charter schools. By the time these kids get out, they will be perfect for bootcamp. Not okay with me. I love seeing kids express themselves, even if it may be a little unconventional. Makeup should not be such a huge problem.
katie_c katie_c 9 years
this is a difficult topic. all within reason...but it's hard to draw the line at what's reasonable and what isn't.
phree2b phree2b 9 years
Ye, as long as it is not vulgar!
halo0073 halo0073 9 years
lily8206 lily8206 9 years
As long as they aren't doing anything offensive, I don't see why this should be an issue. Wacky coloured hair and make-up? WHO CARES!! There are many more pressing issues that should be focused on besides creative make-up/hair.
jennybop jennybop 9 years
oh how lame. it's not like they're automatically bringing drugs into the school if they have pink hair. God knows i didn't.
angelfromlsu angelfromlsu 9 years
oh wow....and teachers should not be allowed to come to school while pregnant...right!? Get with the times school boards!
almostloli almostloli 9 years
i think....... as long as it doesn't affect their study and performances.. it doesn't matter...
suzier suzier 9 years
oh and as far as distractions, kids should get used to concentrating in spite of them. The world is full of distractions. "I failed my test because of XYZ's eyeliner" just won't cut it.
suzier suzier 9 years
I don't understand how somebody's makeup, hair color, earrings, or other assorted metal bits would interfere in any way with their or anybody else's ability to learn.
zizibe zizibe 9 years
Not extreme. Then people would be so focussed on their looks and not at learning nor will they respect authority because they are thinking so "out of the box". Art schools may be different because that's what they encourage - creativity, not living within the norms. I'm in college yet I still believe institutions should still have rules u abide by.
kayleigh83 kayleigh83 9 years
That's completely stupid. It doesn't distract other students, because they're all used to seeing it anyways since TONS of people their age look like that!! If they're gonna play the "it's for the sake of the students" card then they should look through the eyes of the students first, which they clearly didn't. It's a flimsy cover for their own intolerance of something harmless.
ragus ragus 9 years
You gotta let people look stupid if they want... its their freedom
dmblauren dmblauren 9 years
i think the ban is ridiculous. i think it teaches kids to be judgmental against people who look "different" from them. someone mentioned something about kids having facial piercings would regret it later when they can't get a job in a law firm. i used to have my eyebrow and nose pierced and i work in a law firm. they aren't permanent.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
Here is my opinion; Hair- As long as its not getting "in the way" i have seen the goth girls with the yarn hair that you cant see past! different haircolors are fine, mohawks, whatever Piercings- If you might get your piercing ripped out in PE than it shouldnt be worn at school, I dont think that kids should be loading thier faces up at school its too distracting and unhygenic. Make-up, really anything goes as long as the kid can see.
MiyabiNa MiyabiNa 9 years
kids with "extreme" hair or makeup or whatever never distracted me in school. They were just another student like myself who just chose to wear stuff differently. They were my friends..I couldn't do my work just cuz they had a lip piercing. If it isn't a private school, there shouldn't be a "uniform look". If they wanted to look the same as everyone else, they'd pay to attend a private school.
OliveBlack OliveBlack 9 years
I think they should be allowed- when they grow up, most of these people will have to work in an environment where they couldn't get away with it, so they might as well be able to do it whilst they're young.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
In my opinion, you should be allowed to wear your hair and make-up however you want. It's an expression. I mean, as long as your not walking out of the house looking like a hooker or naked, it should be legal!
JessNess JessNess 9 years
mermaidkween- Are you serious? You are in a college where you are an ADULT and you are still making fun of people who are "different" I think it is time to grow up. Im in my third year of college and would never ever consider making fun of people who are different than me or what society deems as normal. Apparently high does not prepare kids for the real world if there are still people like you who are immature and must make fun of others. I have friends with tattoos and piercings who are making the most of their lives. They are in college and are going places. One of my friends who has his septum pierced (septum is the piece of cartilage between the nostrils) and he is the vice president of our student government, has his own radio show and is graduating a year early and going to law school. His appearance has never ONCE held him back. That is the real world. There are plenty of people with piercings and tats who have GREAT jobs, PROFESSIONAL jobs. I think its time our society accepts the differences in peoples appearance and tastes. Why does everyone have to look, dress and act the same. This is not Brave New World
flutterpie flutterpie 9 years
oh and god forbid we have too much freedom in the only country where freedom of expression is guaranteed
flutterpie flutterpie 9 years
the whole "distraction" excuse is just that an excuse.there are alot of teachers and faculty members who are just plain uncomfortable with the idea of students coming to class with purple hair and holes in their face, it doesnt distract the student body as much as it distracts the teachers.
Aminah-Akalea Aminah-Akalea 9 years
I voted no way! school is a place for learning not for fashion! that should have been dealt with years ago, express themselves??pleaseee!! others schools around the world or even in the same U.S.A who have to wear school uniforms and abide by the school rules have no problems with expressing their creativity through others things than coming to school looking like a psycho or someone looking for a man or just looking like an illiterate, save the creativity for the weekends or vacation. If they can't abide by rules how can they in the working world or in life, in everything fortunately or unfortunately they are rules and laws! leave it to the parents?!! some parents can't even manage or talk to their kids for crying out loud nowadays, freedom is great but too much freedom isn't when it comes to certain things.
Vannuccia Vannuccia 9 years
I used to have jet black, green, blue, all shades of red and purple hair at one point or another when I was 12-14 (not to mention the make-up!!). I looked like an idiot, but I'm glad I had the opportunity to express myself that way. I'm now a trainee lawyer, so I'm glad I got it all out of my system when I could, without anyone trying to stop me.
SmartSugar_27 SmartSugar_27 9 years
At my school we're not even allowed to wear BELTS! It's listed under "extreme clothing" along with scarves.
demeter demeter 9 years
Definitely. Though I would ban mohawks. They're too distracting and anyone who has to sit behind a mohawk kid is SOL.
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