Do Dress Codes With The Purpose Of Restraining A Student 's Dress?

1030 Words Jul 27th, 2015 5 Pages
Do dress codes with the purpose of restraining a student’s attire intrude on his or her First Amendment right to free speech? The Supreme Court has found some speech, verbal and nonverbal, is protected. On the other hand, the Supreme Court has also found that students’ dress, although a means of expression, can be regulated by schools. Some courts have demanded the rights of students be balanced against the need for school leaders to make logical health and safety laws. Most dress code policies prohibit clothes that are obscene and offensive to others. These policies also state students’ dress or personal grooming may not cause a distraction to the educational environment and appropriate to standards of the community. In an effort to restrain the increasing existence of gangs in public schools and to shrink disciplinary disagreements, educational leaders across the United States are putting into practice dress codes or establishing uniforms policies. School uniform policies may authorize a detailed outfit or seek to limit or ban objects such as bandanas, hats, jewelry, religious symbols, team jackets, and boastful clothing. These items can be associated with gang membership or commonly represent a disturbance in the learning environment. Educational leaders believe their presence leads to an unhealthy school environment, disruption, intimidation, and violence. According to Pedzich (2002) there are three main court cases cited whenever there is an issue of dress…

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