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fallout from Columbine? [Sep. 23rd, 2001|07:49 pm]
Roy Janik
So my trip to visit the family was great. More on that later. What I want to talk about now is something that makes me sick to my stomach. During a casual conversation with my siblings I found out that Santa Fe ISD (the school I went to) has a strict dress code now, and has had such for the "past couple of years". No t-shirts. All shirts must have a collar. Boys' hair can't be past the collar. If you're younger than high school, your clothes have to be solid colors (no prints and such).

This seriously makes me ill just thinking about. What the hell is wrong with our country? Chris, Phil, Dana et al, can you imagine how different our lives would probably have been if this sort of nonsense had been in effect while we were in school? I'd probably have been kicked out, for one thing. At least I like to think so.

Ugh. ugh. Ugh. It's this kindof not-so-subtle eroding of our rights that makes me want to curl up in a ball and die. Or form a punk band. One of the two.

UPDATE:Dress code is here: http://www.santafe.isd.esc4.net/admin/information.htm
It's particularly bad for junior high kids. No stripes on the pants or shirts, or logos, or anything. Also, trenchcoats have been banned. I wonder why.... :)

And I think I figured out what we would have done... sewn collars onto our t-shirts, and thus technically not been in violation. And then be indignant when we got in trouble.
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[User Picture]From: zeitgeist
2001-09-23 07:25 pm (UTC)
And I think I figured out what we would have done... sewn collars onto our t-shirts, and thus technically not been in violation. And then be indignant when we got in trouble.

That's exactly what I was thinking. Can you imagine the fun we'd have had standing there in righteous indignation at Mr. Causey? :)

Last year, the foreign exchange student my mom had almost got kicked out of school because he didn't have any collared shirts. He wore nice sweaters and slacks and shit and they still almost kicked him out. <sigh>
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[User Picture]From: zinereem
2001-09-24 06:56 am (UTC)
I miss righteous indignation. I'm finally starting to wish I had been a little less straight laced in highschool. For the most part, I stayed within the lines. Guess I still do, really.

If you'll excuse me, I'm off to randomly punch someone in the face.
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[User Picture]From: vyvyanbasterd
2001-09-23 09:10 pm (UTC)

Guess who's coming to dinner?

Punk band, eh? Hmmm...you know, I'm sure you're joking, but there ARE a few positions still available...
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[User Picture]From: zinereem
2001-09-24 06:54 am (UTC)

Re: Guess who's coming to dinner?

I want/need to be in a band again. I can either scream, or play the concertina or trumpet badly, so the band would be slightly odd, I think.
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[User Picture]From: somabrak
2001-09-23 09:54 pm (UTC)
The fact that they are doing that at your old school is severely upsetting to me as well. That is just soo totally wrong. I wish I could say it in a more intelligent way, but suffice it to say, I think the establishment is entirely off-their-rockers in making those rules.

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[User Picture]From: zinereem
2001-09-24 06:51 am (UTC)
It's weird. The "tragedy" made me weepy and distraught. But this just makes my stomach turn. Two different feelings: despair and disgust.
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[User Picture]From: zinereem
2001-09-24 06:49 am (UTC)

Re: Death to SCASFU?

Don't forget the ubiquitous mickey mouse t-shirt.

On a completely unrelated note, I need a pirate/sluff coat for Ren. Faire asap. Do you have a Cat connection, and can you broker the deal/pick out fabric if I buy you some rum?
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[User Picture]From: zinereem
2001-09-24 07:13 am (UTC)

Re: Death to SCASFU?

Something along the lines of the one you had (have?) Good, embroidered fabric. Something that says pirate without screaming Halloween pirate costume. I tend to like things somewhat long, if that's an issue. Shades of blue for one side at least are preferred, but by no means necessary. I'll probably end up building a new outfit off of the coat, anyways.

So yeah, I want it for Ren. Faire, but also for the Pirates and Cowgirls party that's coming up in October. You (and anyone in your new BUH chapter) are invited to that, as well.
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[User Picture]From: twilight
2001-09-25 01:50 am (UTC)
Your school's 9-12th grades sounds like how school was for me throughout my time in Spring ISD (in North Houston) - from 4th grade until 12th grade. We used to call our high school "The Institution". The nearest high school, in Klein ISD, was so lax with their dress code, and we were so jealous of them.

Now, it's even more prohibitive. Everyone must wear an ID around their neck at all times, including teachers. And there is a "uniform" below high school...colors and types of shirts/pants/skirts you must wear.

I think my school district was one of the most restrictive public schools in existence - before all these high school shootings really started. We lived near an area with a lot of gang activity, though. Aldine ISD, which was in the middle of that area, had metal detectors as long as I can remember (since I was in junior high, at least). And their bathroom stalls were all about 4 feet tall so you couldn't hide drugs or weapons or whatever.

Twi
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[User Picture]From: moregankira
2001-09-25 11:19 am (UTC)

like aunt like nephew

My two nephews are in high school and one of the absolutley HATES the dress code. So, one of his friends did actually that. Sewed a collar on his band t-shirt. They made him change.
But, this topic easily puts me on a soap box, so I will refrain from further comment. *sigh*
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