The Correlation Between School Uniforms and Violence Essay

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Is the absence of school uniforms leading to an up rise of violence between children in public schools? According to the National School Safety Center’s Report on School Associated Violent Deaths, “Since the 1992-1993 school year, two-hundred seven were shooting victims” (Kelly n pag). According to the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), “10% of all public schools had one or more serious violent crimes (murder, rape, sexual battery, suicide, physical attack or fight with a weapon, or robbery), and most of the serious violent crimes occurred in the middle and high schools” (Kelly n pag).
School uniforms and dress codes should be mandatory for all students enrolled in public schools because they
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These schools do not have gangs or violence, so the school uniforms are not really changing much. However, in areas that do have a large number of gangs and violent crimes, such as big city public schools, a dress code is not being adopted. These clothing related crimes are mostly seen in a high crime area, yet nothing is being done to solve these problems. School uniforms would decrease violence in many public schools because they would reduce the amount of theft that may occur, the amount of bullying that occurs on a daily basis, and the amount of attempted or successful murders that occur. Uniforms would reduce the amount of theft that occurs because every student would be wearing the same clothing. If every student is wearing the same article of clothing, students would not be tempted to steal clothing, shoes, or jewelry from one another. Uniforms would also make every student feel a sense of equality. School uniforms would reduce the amount of bullying that occurs because they would be mandatory for every student; they would limit so called “tough guys” from making fun of students who are weaker or who do not have the brand name clothes, and are less fortunate than other students. The amount of attempted or successful murders would also decrease due to the inability to wear baggy clothes or trench coats where they may easily be able to hide weapons. For example, The California Department of Education states
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