Every person is a unique individual; from their appearance and personality right down to their very DNA, humans are naturally different from one another, yet there are several people who believe that a uniform solution of uniforms in school will work for everyone. The implementation of school uniforms is said to bring about positive changes such as decreases in gang activity, bullying, and costs to parents; however, the truth is that school uniforms are not more beneficial than free dress in schools. The assertion by supporters of school uniforms that the introduction of school uniforms will significantly decrease criminal behavior and bullying amongst students is only partially true. Schools that experienced a decline in the criminal
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When these and a few other supplementary factors such as race, sex, and economic status were considered, Drs. Brunsma and Roquemore determined that “Student uniform use was not significantly correlated with any of the school commitment variables such as absenteeism, behavior, or substance use (drugs)” (Brunsma and Roquemore 10). Dr. Alan Hilfer, a psychologist known for speaking about the effects of uniforms, explains that “Discipline problems may be decreasing in schools with uniforms because the schools (and the parents) have begun taking the issue of discipline more seriously" (Svensen).
While it is true that there is still a decline in criminal behavior and bullying even if schools do not initiate other guidelines along with the adoption of uniforms, the decline is insignificant. In the article "Individuality vs. Conformity: The Issue Behind School Uniforms." by Peter Caruso published in the NASSP (National Association of Secondary School Principals) Bulletin, Caruso emphasized that despite the fact that the implementation of uniforms would prevent students from wearing gang colors in clothing, it would not stop students from expressing gang affiliation in alternative ways. Gang colors are only considered a small aspect of gang culture—students can still express involvement through piercings, tattoos, graffiti, and hand signs (Caruso 87). In light of bullying, the same logic applies. Caruso asserts that “students will continue to alienate