Implementing Uniforms into Schools Essay

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Implementing Uniforms into Schools The argument whether uniforms should be implemented in school has been debated over the last few decades. By implementing a uniform policy within schools would help reduce the rise of violent crimes. In today’s high schools, too many innocent youths become fatalities due to gang warfare that has spread into the school system. Many parents feel that if a uniform policy was implemented , the spread of gang warfare and the idea that children have to have name brand clothing would decrease drastically. However others are worried that this policy would infringe on students First Amendment Rights with expressing themselves. Many parents are worried that the uniforms will cost too much and they will only…show more content…
According to statistics, the majority of the population supports implementing school uniforms. Parents all over the United States fear that their children might be attacked inadvertently for wearing the wrong color scarf or hat that might provoke rivalry among local gangs. Many parents of children victims of gang warfare would like to see uniforms instituted in all schools. According to Dale Stover, “In gang-ravaged Los Angeles, as well as other communities with gang activity, a dress code also helps maintain peace among rival groups by prohibiting the wearing of clothing associated with local gangs” (Sauerwein 1). Opponents of the policy believe that other factors have to do with the lowering of crime within the school system. Dennis Evans believes that “Where gang members are concerned, the wearing of school uniforms will be cosmetic at best and will not change the gang mentality or reduce the potential of antisocial gang related behavior, either on campus or off. Ironically, mandating the wearing of school uniforms might even make it easier to be a gang member and school administrators could no longer readily recognize the trapping of the gangs” (Hirsch 54). Once a child becomes a gang member, they always will be no matter what they are wearing. Other children will know who the gang members are just by word of mouth. Whether a child is forced to conceal their identity, or not, the problem of gangs will always persist in
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