By Nakaiya Alston-Hardnick
The reckless snatching of hats by staff, and the terrible messy hair right after. Is taking off hats in school necessary?
Hats aren’t allowed in school for multiple reasons: gang affiliation, hiding cheats for a test, inappropriate advertisement, and are sometimes a distraction to the class environment.
We all know wearing hats in the classroom is disrespectful; but what about outside of class? Do we really need to take off our hats during passing time or lunch?
My friends and I were outside during lunch when on security guard approached us and spoke to one of my friends. He told her to take of her hat. When I asked why since we are outside, he said, “School policy.”
But why can’t hats be worn outside on school property? School nurse Jeannie McCorkle said, “It’s school policy.”
Discipline Receptionsit Ms.Rogers also said, “The school board banned them [hats] completely.”
So wearing hats is completely a no go, so there is no point in bringing a hat to school, but yet most students go against the rule and continue to wear hats.
Ricky Esquivel, Freshman, gets his beanie taken away almost everyday during lunch, but continues to wear it to school even though he knows the outcome.
Students get distracted by a lot of things during class but can hats really distract someone in class?
Some students that were surveyed said that they were a distraction while others opposed.
One saying “It's a distraction for everyone!!!!” and the other saying “believe that it’s harmless, and shouldn't be taken as being"disrespectful to the building" or a "distraction in class"
The school nurse Jeannie McCorkle said that they are a distraction to the class, “A student would look at another student's hat and think, I like that hat where did they get it, then they would start talking about the hat, it could possibly offend someone or block a person from seeing.”
But why are hats such a big problem? Yes, gang affiliation would be a problem, but besides that, what else? Is it just gang affiliation that is a danger to students?
Despite asking three adults the question “why are hats banned from school” they just gave me the answers of ‘school policy’ and ‘they’re banned’, but what's the true reason why they are banned? I guess we’ll never know.
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