TAVARES (CBSMiami) – Florida schools have lots of problems. The state cut budgets to the bone, and local taxpayers are hard pressed to make up the difference. Teachers are being fired. Programs are being cut. And in Lake County, in the heart of the state, the response from the school board is to ban students from wearing orange hair, bangs, and make-up that hides their eyes.

The Lake County School Board used a special meeting to vote on the policy, to make sure a final vote can be held to get the rules into place for the start of the school year August 22nd.

School board members originally changed the dress code to bring the district in line with a new law approved this spring by the Florida legislature. As lawmakers were cutting funds for school programs, they found time to pass what’s widely known as the “droopy drawers” law. That law made schools safe from students wearing sagging pants that show their underwear, an urban fashion trend that riled legislators enough put kids’ pants into the Florida Statutes.

But in adjusting policy to include the law, school board members went a step further. According to the Lake County Schools website, students will be banned from using “extreme” hair styles, including bangs in some cases, “unnatural” hair colors, and extreme makeup that is, “disruptive or does not allow direct eye contact”.

The code also sets rules for, “hemlines for dresses, skorts, skirts, and/or shorts”, which can be no more than 2 inches above the knee.

The dress code even provides instructions on how to use clothing, telling students, “Clothes shall be worn as designed while on the grounds of a public school during the regular school day.”

School officials told reporters they needed to act because “extreme” styles can be “dangerous”, saying it comes down a “safety thing.”

The policy doesn’t really say what’s unnatural or extreme, and leaves it up to the school principal to make the call or assign someone as the school’s clothing cop. Students who don’t get the message could face escalating punishment up to a 30 day ban on taking part in extra-curricular activities.

Students upset with the changes will get one last chance to complain. The school board will take a final vote on the new policy August 22nd, the same day it’s supposed to take effect.

Comments (156)
  1. Dan says:

    If tea party wants a small government this is the opposite. Tell your beloved Eick Scott to stay out of our business. Tea party compains about how the government is to big but then they want the government to tell people they can’t have abortions or force us to wear certin clothes. Republicans say let’s cut taxes for companies and they will hire new people or lower their cost. Congress just let the taxes expire for airlines and they just keep the same price and pocket the 15% they could send on to the consumers. This is proof lowering taxes won’t help

    1. John says:

      If you really want freedom, then consider a voucher system. One in which all the local, state, and federal monies in a district are divided by the total number of school age children, and each kid’s parent(s) or guardian(s) get an equal share. That in the form of a voucher, to go to whatever private school, religious or not, is desired, with no strings attached from the state, at all.

      Then parents can send their children to whatever school they want. Secular/ humanistic/, evolutionistic, Baptist, AG, Islamic, even devil worshipping if they want. That would be freedom. It costs alot to send a kid to school. People are already paying sizable school taxes. Why shouldn’t they be able to send their kids to whatever school they want? And not just a government school, operated by the philosophies of whoever happens to be in control in a given time.

      Many school districts spend over $10,000 per kid per year. 20 kids would have enough voucher money to rent a nice building, hire two teachers, and buy books, computers, supplies, etc., and have a 1 to 10 student-teacher ratio.

      And, be able to not only teach the basics with excellence, and all the other things kids need to know, but to not waste their potential. Instead of a one-size-fits-all system which wastes most kids potential by squeezing them through the same 13 year mold, it would be possible to teach to each child’s natural interests, early on, and as these may change over the years.

      I think that currently about two years of K-12 is wasted and that a good school could get kids out two years earlier. Then the money for those two years could be used for the first two years of college, trade, or other vocational school.

      This would be the ideal in American education. It would generate positive and astounding results. There’d be abuses, but the whole system is abusive as it is now. The current public school system wastes most of a kid’s learning years, potential, intellect, sexuality, and spirit before they grow up.

      The only people who’d be opposed to this would be the ones who really don’t want freedom, they want to impose a melting pot of the lowest common denominators of human behavior on children and waste the potential of their lives before they even get out of school. They want to indoctrinate them to be hedonists, environmental whackos, liberal Democrats, abortionists, etc. And there might be some for whom doing away with a collective high school and junior year-senior year, blah, blah, blah, might be too much for their traditional sheeple minds to grasp.

    2. pgerard says:

      Tea Party does not say an abortion can not be had, just that the Federal Gov should not be paying for it.

    3. Karen says:

      Dan, there’s no contradiction between saying the FEDERAL government has no auhority to invoive itself in 90% of the things it does and then support LOCAL government involvement in those same issues.

      Those “Tea Party types” are being entirely consistent.

    4. John C says:

      The Tea Party isn’t a political party, it’s a group of people that represent and support traditional American values, and is made up of traditional Americans of all races, ages, income levels, professions, and both political parties. Their influence derives from American traditions of freedom of speech demonstrations, and democratic principles of majority rule. Their agenda is smaller government, a balanced budget, and less government intrusion unless it is by the will of the majority of The People.

      I would guess that the new rules banning outlandish hairstyles, hair cuts, and pants pulled down to your butt cheeks, are the result of public pressure in general (including teachers who are often liberals), and a majority vote by the state legislature. If you don’t like it, you should get off your butt and run for office.

      1. Chicago Nick says:

        You just can’t explain the “tea party’ concept to these people just like they don’t get the difference between social political commentators and news anchors and delivery. That would be because the sources they choose blur the line so much they can’t tell the difference anymore if they ever could. They prefer ‘outlets’ who pay child killers for interviews and their other ‘news’ and just make it up when there isn’t enough to fill the 4,5,6 and 10 broadcasts each day.

        As for the dress code, when we had them as kids the world and country was a 20 times better place to live then the crumbling third world dump it’s been turned into over the past three years. You have 50 million kids going in 40 million directions and no singular purpose anymore as Americans and that’s why the nation is in terminal velocity free fall in every category.

      2. Lauren says:

        You’re right, John, they are not a politucal party. They are corporate tools who’ve been hoodwinked by the corporations to do their bidding. The Tea Party is nothing but a bunch of racist, nativist, Islamaphobic, fear-mongering fools who want nothing more than to hasten the End Times and the return of Jesus. They are religious wackos who claim to follow the Bible, but wouldn’t know a “Christian” value from a corporate-sponsered propaganda tool if it reached up and slapped them on the face.

      3. proudnot2bliberal says:

        Lauren YOURE AN IDIOT no use trying use common scense or logic with a brain dead or explain anything to someone who has their head so far up thier obama tehy have ring around the collar. Now go back to watcching PMNBC or teh cartoon network no difference

    5. johno says:

      Your an idiot get off the couch make something off yourself (the government can’t do that for you)

    6. Michael says:

      When talking about a small gov’t, that means the federal government. States have the right to govern their people as they please, as long as it’s not contrary to the state and fed. constitutions. It’s the fed. gov’t that intrudes on states’ and individual rights by sticking its nose in every aspect of our lives, which the U.S. Constitution forbids. Fed. gov’t authorized to do 18 things according to Constitution. Read it, why don’t you. Start with the Declaration of Independence. That lists the grievances, and the Constitution addresses those grievances.

    7. Holly Broton says:

      Dan this has nothing to do with the tea party. This is about respect, not only for themselves but for others around them. Kids today get away with murder. That is what is wrong with this generation. The government told parents not to spank their little butts when they deserved it. Now we have a whole generation that has no rules. I truly fear for our country once these brats get a hold on the country. So get your head out of the sand and see what really is going on with the world.

      1. mixplix says:

        Love your post and may I please add to it by saying when your child is standing in front of you in an orange jump suit, it’s too late. Guess who replaces mommy and daddy when the child leaves home? Yup! The police.

      2. Dee says:

        Totally agree! If I left the house in booty shorts or an extremely short skirt, my mother would have kicked my butt and then made me change. She bought every piece of clothing in my closet. Parents are not buying the clothes anymore? They are not seeing their kids all day? Parents have to take responsibility for their children! It’s our JOB.

  2. RogerCfromSD says:

    Dan, your :proof” that lowering taxes won’t help is not proof. Try again.

    I do agree that less government is a good thing, however.

    Still, society has certain expectations of its participants. And, if there are participants who want to wear their pants around their ankles among normal citizens, it behooves the collective to tell the weirdos to straiten out.

    1. solo_poke says:

      Certain expectations? Like honest banks perhaps? This is how they distract you from reality with drivel.

      I don’t care how kids look while banks steal homes.

      1. Ghostsouls says:

        The obama, I want free foodstamp, free home, free money, free education, free gasoline, free, car, free education, lines starts on the left. The right line is for those that work, pay taxes, pays their own house note, car loan, educational expenses, and puts bread on their own table, and all YOUR expenses. People should not have bought homes they cannot afford, and Fanny and Freddy should not have forced banks to make those loans. Want to gripe, send an email to Bawney Fwanks and his lover boy. The banks did what they were told to do by the Federal Government. Get your facts straight. Maybey you could take your hand out of the taxpayer’s pockets long enough to look up some facts on the computer, or are you now standing in the I want a free computer and internet line?

      2. Fern says:

        Haha yes those evil banks forced irresponsible people to take out loans they couldn’t pay back. Unbelievable.

    2. Ozlanthos says:

      What is wrong with you? Who cares how people dress? Who are any of us to judge the self-expression of another? Who are any of us to determine what is “right” for anyone else? Since the prohibition of alcohol, there has been a disturbing trend of busy bodies trying to legislate morality and propriety… I just wish you people would mind your own business and leave the rest of us alone!


      1. Ghostsouls says:

        Certainly uncivilized people would not care, anything goes. Looking at your post and that picture, is why morality needs to be legislated unfortunately, no self respect, no respect for others, and a total break down of morals in our society. So, if a parent whop is a nudist wants to send their little boys and girls naked to school that is ok? If someone wants to shave their head to look like female sexual parts, just peachy keen. If gay boys want to wear dresses to school, or a 2 piece girls bikini, just fine, eh? Adult society at large is for your social experiments, not underage children in schools. There are a LOT of people who care, those would be the people who have morals, which apparently you don’t. Your signature says it all…LOL Morality doesn’t just cover how people dress, but how they act also. Which is why people cannot call the president, “that word”, that is legislating morality. That is why parents and adults cannot give 13 year olds alcoholic beverages…legislating morality… go back to school and learn something, and if you are out of school, sorry the educational system failed you…perhaps if you dressed properly you would have gotten a decent education.

      2. RogerCfromSD says:

        If people in a civilized society want to see freaks, they go to a freak show. Your question can be asked of you: Why don’t you remove yourselves from normal society if you wish to dress freakishly?

      3. Mitchell F. says:

        Well in your well thought out opinion, I guess school children should have the right to walk around nude. After all the are just “excercising their self-expression”. Oh yeah, everyone should mind their own business and leave the rest of you alone……to what do whatever you want to do with no repercussions for your actions? I think you need to grow up because when you do you will find that the real world has rules and expectations of its citizens. Would you go to a job interview with your pants hanging down to your knees? When the interviewer asks you about why you wear your pants like that are you going to answer “I am just excercising my right to self-expression”? Honestly if these kids dress this way it is no wonder that the unemployment rate among certain people is triple what it is for other groups. Grow up and show a little bit of self respect and responsibility.

      4. Fed up says:

        Great! Another genius!! So if the little creeps want to go to school naked I suppose an idiot like you would say that’s fine, too. Get a life – buddy.

      5. Yup says:

        Does your view of others not having a right to judge the morality of those around them move into all areas of life- or just dress? Cause if it is all areas, I could kill your kid and tell you that you have no right to judge what morality is for me. If it is just the dress of kids in school- then what you say is invalid anyway. Is this post an extreme? Yes. But how far does your view go? What stops it? Who comes up with the levels? You? Me? Each to their own? Then quit whining about people judging.

      6. Carol says:

        ‘morality’. You’ve got to be kidding. These little creeps can’t even spell the word let alone practice it. They have no role models. Parents and relatives are byproducts of the 1960s, the ‘if it feels good, do it’ generation. Morality requires self-discipline. Have you seen any of that lately?

      7. Alex says:

        Great comment!

      8. Colleen says:

        Amen OZ!!

      9. USMC5053 says:

        Morality and propriety have been legislated for thousands of years.It’s called civilization. It’s how ‘we people’ keep ‘the rest of you’ from destroying the nation.

    3. Jeff says:

      Funny, your parents said the same thing about your fashion choices as you did about today’s youth. How quickly you forget. Then again, your parents forgot about their fights to dress as they wanted as did their parents before them and so on and so on

  3. Joseph Wood says:

    I don’t know who this Erik Scott guy that you mentioned is but I find it to be HIGHLY UNLIKELY that banning stupid hairdos was a tea party conspiracy. You know that it was a school district. Right?

    Anyways, you used an example in regards to lowering taxes that has only had a few days to go off of in the MOST REGULATED INDUSTRY THAT THERE IS, Dan. The airline market will take care of this.

    Why don’t we tax electronics and regulate them in the manner that you want gasoline to be taxed. Let’s see how it works out.

    Have fun in the 8th grade!

  4. Doug says:

    Land of the free…..hmpf

    1. rr says:

      Don’t be silly. Schools have the obligation to discipline the kids.

      1. AJA says:

        Government schools, however, are restricted by the Constitution in their power to regulate expressive conduct like dress.

    2. Smash Crasher says:

      Oh Shut up. I guess you wear your pants down around you ankles you Democratic idiot.

      1. Right Side says:

        Small minded comment.

    3. Sage says:

      Sorry Doug. You are free to parade around in your castle/home looking like a freak, but schools do have the power to enforce dress codes.

      1. Wyrdless says:

        Orange hair isn’t a safety issue. The government has no compelling reason to regulate a students speech if it causes no harm.

        Land of the free indeed. The state is going bankrupt and they are worried about orange hair. LOL

      2. BiggusSeanus says:

        Judging by these comments white trailer trash sure doesn’t like ghetto culture. Funny because they are two sides of the same low class coin.

    4. ron says:

      i agree, doug. dress codes are stupid. and smasher crasher go hang from a damn tree please.

    5. arbee40 says:

      Land of the free, yes. As adults. Children are still under the guidance of adults. Obviously you don’t work in a school.

  5. lukuj says:

    As a former teacher, though it would be nice if it wasn’t true, I can tell you that any clothing or hair that is out of the ordinary makes it so that kids are distracted and can’t concentrate. You would think the effect would wear off after the first few hundred times, but it doesn’t – probably deliberately. So if you object to these rules, please take it upon yourself to observe in a school for a few days, substitute teach, or actually observe it yourself. THEN, and ONLY then, will you be qualified to say the rules are unjustified.

    1. RODOM says:

      I agree, lukuj. Of course, one can always make the argument that, “well, you were the same way when you were their age.” But he difference is that back then your peers provided a sense of restraint. We could have dyed our hair purple or worn safety pins in our cheeks, but our friends would have laughed us out of school. Now, anything goes. So nothing “looks stupid,” Whatever kids can do to their bodies now–they do it. And so that communal restraint is gone. Way gone. No answers from me here, and while I think a dress code is necessary for a learning environment, it may be about twenty years too late.

    2. Freedom says:

      Actually I went to public school for 12 years as most US citizens did, you jerk.
      The assumption that none of us is smart enough to remember our teenage years is a good example of a typical teachers attitude. i.e. “because I have a teaching certificate I am smarter than you”.
      Clothes are only disruptive if they show a lot of skin, make a lot of noise, or if a teacher has no ability to keep discipline in their classroom.
      We had our share of freaks and geeks in the 60’s,70’s,80’s, 90’s, if you are too mentally challenged to remember those decades, then you have a point.
      How about we stop blaming things like clothing distractions for the poor performance of our schools, teachers, and administration?
      How about you guys start doing your job, and if you can’t, find someone who can?
      This kind of stuff is why homeschooling is becoming more and more prevalent. Parents that are smarter then the teachers realize that a blame game does not get the knowledge into the students, only quality teachers do that.

      1. BinTN says:

        Poor performance of our schools, teachers, and administration…you left out the students themselves and their parents. I somewhat agree with you but why do so many people never lay any of the blame to the students? Or modern society?

      2. Joe Friday says:

        Discipline is key to learning in the classroom….these punks that ware the drooping drawers need to be suspended for a minimum of 30 days for 1st offense….part of education is teaching kids not to go to there first job interview dressed like a punk……and they are punks…liberals love this kind of “freedom of expression”….Obama is a valid reason stupid people should not be allowed to vote..

      3. Lewis Sanborn says:

        Actually, ‘Freedom’. its you that needs to sit down and shut your hole, jerk.
        You’d do well to assume someone who’s been there, done that, can lecture you.
        Do as the former teacher ‘Lukuj’ suggests and then comment. And don’t bring your simmering prejudice against teachers into it.

      4. lukuj says:

        For those who have attention problems, almost anything can be a distraction – including weird clothing. Most of the distractions can’t be eliminated (air conditioning sounds, other people fidgeting, etc. ) The clothing and body issues can be eliminated, so why not do it? If kids want to go around in weird clothing, etc. they can do it at home and on week ends. They have nothing to lose by doing so, but those around them at school may very well lose out by the distraction. Why is it so horrible to be considerate of others, even if it means a bit of sacrifice on their part? Oh, 30 years in the classroom most likely exposed me to many more students than those you were exposed to unless you also work with young people. Have you ever heard of something called “experience”? It has nothing to do with thinking I’m smarter and everything to so with life experiences and age.

      5. lukuj says:

        Because schools are afraid of lawsuits, most discipline methods are not allowed. For example, taking away recess wasn’t allowed because it limited physical activities and called attention to children who were being punished. Writing”lines” was also outlawed. Teachers can’t keep kids after school because of busses, daycare, etc. Physical punishment, of course, isn’t an option. About the only thing left is calling parents (who often support the child no matter what) and in-school suspension, which really isn’t very effective with younger kids and just takes them away from the learning situation. As for poor performance of teachers and students, I taught at a school that was rated exemplary and where most of the kids scored very well on state and national tests – and teachers didn’t belong to unions, so the bad ones were weeded out as were bad administrators. My own kids went to the school and others in the district, and I had no complaints. They got an excellent education. Therefore I can’t really fairly judge other states and their schools, but from what I hear it is pretty sad in many places, especially because of unions.

      6. Disgusted says:

        Quality teachers are supposed “to get the knowledge into” students, not freaks.

    3. Colleen says:

      If a student can be distracted by a hairstyle and can’t concentrate as you mentioned. I think perhaps that student has some bigger issues and may need to be in a “special school”. I mean what is going to happen when they get in the real world and see a person different than them, fall apart?! School is to prepare a student for the real world. and it is crazy out here!!

      1. lukuj says:

        Believe me, some students actually look for things by which to be distracted. There is no way every attention deficit (often a learned behavior) could be sent to a special school. They have to be mainstreamed by law and the teacher has to make modifications for them. I’m not saying I agree. I’m saying that’s the way it is. Most kids with attention problems can handle a regular classroom, but they don’t need extra distractions that can be avoided.

      2. REALIST says:

        Colleen, i agree with you completely.

        Lukuj, me being apart of the younger generation, i want to know why this rule is being implemented. We all have freedom of choice to a certain extent and if the clothing is not offensive or exposing, it should be the childs and parents decision as to what the child should wear. Orange hair, bangs, and makeup do not provide a threatining situation what-so-ever and as Colleen had mentioned, if another student is distracted that much by another students clothing, he may have ADD.

  6. jobama says:

    now that is fn good, try to read it

  7. RODOM says:

    Yeah, try to read it. All those big words, like comments. And censoring. Whatever that means. You guys are a hoot fest.

  8. Marybell says:

    Seems there are millions of problems throughout Florida- especiallky in the schools. What is going on there?

    1. Lamdog says:

      There is no major problems in Florida schools to speak per se. As a Lake County resident who last child just finished high school this is needed, because some parents fail to do their job.

      1. Bill O says:

        I hope your child was taught English, grammar, and sentence structure. It would seem you were not.

  9. stoptouchingthatmabel says:

    Pants are worn at the hip not below the butt and a cap with a bill has the bill in front to block the sun not left right or backwards. You look like a fool when you dress like a fool and one day you will see that hopefully for you. Go to a job interview looking like that and guess how successful you will be in getting the job. Some people just don’t get it and some people never will.

    1. REALIST says:

      Would you go to a job interview dressed in pajamas? I hope not. But see that is why most humans have the capability to CHANGE CLOTHES DUM DUM. And style has always varied through culture and race. Im sure when everyone sees you at the mall, they see a fool also.

      1. Disgusted says:

        Most humans have the capability to pull their pants up DUM DUM.

  10. jobama says:

    run by democrats, im from tallahassee

  11. annabel says:

    Implement school UNIFORMS so that clothing is not a distraction – most other countries with far better test scores and behaviour do this – why not the USA?? Take a look at top ranked schools and you will not see students dressed like trash.

    1. Ghostsouls says:

      Unfortunately they would just drop those pants also. The only “up” side to clothing like this, is that when the police chase them, they can’t run fast 😛

    2. James Trainor says:

      And who’s going to pay for it? You?

      1. Roni says:

        What is the difference between buying uniform clothes or just buying school clothes? It is generally cheaper to buy based on uniform code. For instance, a code of tan pants and a black shirt is going to cost a lot less than the new name brand in-style clothes. If you have kids then you have a responsibility to keep them clothed.

      2. annabel says:

        The students and their parents are responsible for the cost of uniforms. This is done in so many parts of the world – wake up, look around and don’t be so insular and provincial. The cost of basic uniforms is no more expensive, and most of the time less expensive, than ‘normal’ clothing. All public schools in townships in South Africa require uniforms. Educate yourself, you moron.

      3. Stan Kinder says:

        The same person that pays for the pants down around their knees, that’s who. Damn you’re dense.

    3. kitcole says:

      Right on! School uniforms are a big help- and create pride in schools and the appearance of students. They replace a lot of rules that can be unenforceable, also.

      1. annabel says:

        Parents and students pay – uniforms do not have to be costly, and they are even required for township schools in South Africa, as well as ‘private’ schools in other countries -e.g. both public and private schools require uniforms. Look at what is happening in other countries – better test scores, educated students, higher standards – and in virtually all cases – they wear uniforms. Not the cure for all problems in our school systems – but it is at least a start.

    4. Sheila says:

      I agree, Annabel.

      James Trainor, you realize that providing uniforms to your child is much cheaper than buying other clothes, don’t you? My child went to a Catholic school for one year. We went from $1,000 for new school clothes, to only $300. Since the uniforms vary only slightly, one doesn’t need a different outfit for each day. If a student has three uniforms there is always a clean one while another is being worn.

      1. Colint says:

        Good idea. Since children grow out of clothes so quickly the school could have a supply of clean used clothes at low cost or free.

  12. FedUp! says:

    About time! ALL schools need to have these rules! Who’s in charge anyway – kids or administration??!!

    1. Rowdy Boots says:

      In the LIberal World, children need to be “empowered” like all “victims” of the White Male Oppressor.

      In the Liberal World, children are the victims of too much discipline.

      Now, look what they have created…children who call the police on their parents when they do not like the discipline.




      1. kingpin says:

        Good job Rowdy!!

      2. REALIST says:

        Funny, Its always white people complaining about black people, yet how many black people do you see posting racist comments towards whites? Im half black, half white, i work for a living and have my own apartment. My 16 year old sister works after school and is doing well above average. My BLACK father and brother work, who, mind you, both have houses also. AND WE DRESS HOW WE DAMN WELL PLEASE! A way a person dresses do not define them. WE DEFINE OURSELVES INDIVIDUALLY! STOP THE STEREOTYPE! And oh mr. conservitive, how doese it feel for your 18 year old to now be a minority compared to the Hispanic majority? Republicans are dying and you will see how it feels to be stereotyped when you become the minority in afew years.

      3. whraglyn says:

        Two thumbs and both big toes ‘up’ on ya, Rowdy!
        4 of my 5 grown kids all the same before they were 30.
        Disciplined Love is what does it, NOT being your childs ‘best friend’ or ‘confidant’.

  13. Dave Head says:

    We really only need 1 law, just one. “Don’t do anything unusual.” That’ll take care of everything.

  14. chuhyona says:

    I’ll bet the NAMBLA folks have no problem with dress codes

  15. sandyman says:

    if you don’t eat your meat, you don’t get any pudding!

  16. LibertarianChick says:

    ok i think people can dress the way they want to as long as their boxers and panties aren’t showing. with that said, do these gang banger types realize how stupid they look in these pants? they look like they dropped a load of poop and haven’t cleaned it up yet.

    1. Joe Friday says:

      I am a 60+ year old man…when I see these punks with their pants down below their buttocks ,I (with a straight face) ask”excuse me your pants are falling down”…when they look at me (I’m 6’4 260 lb ex linebacker) they start pulling their pants up…if they don’t ,I demand that they pull their pants up…only one punk tried to fight me and he went to the hospital and jail for assault…I am not going to have my grand kids subjected to this non sense…if these punks are packing heat I’m ready for that as well…make my day punks….just the facts maam.

      1. whraglyn says:

        RocknRoll, Jor Friday!
        Im 6’4″, 240lbs, 53 yr old White Male Oppressor, too!

        I nicely ask them, then I TELL them.
        Their response is universally the same:
        Defiance, Hesitation, Questions, Acquiescence

  17. Lc says:

    If you read the schools website the rules are the same as at my son’s school. What is the big deal, kids should learn some boundaries and parents should quit trying to be their child’s ‘friend’ and be their parent. Expressing one’s individuality can wait for the weekends and after school. And I was an ’80’s child who dressed up like Boy George everyday so I understand . I wish I would have put my effort into my school work because then I wouldn’t be a 44 year old working on my college degree that I should have done 25 years ago.

    1. KM says:

      Step foot onto any university campus and you will see people of all shapes and colors. I suppose you believe their creativity hinders them from their studies?. Perhaps you are confusing creative expression with lack of ambition. Using your time spent emulating Boy George as an excuse for your own personal failures is a joke.

      1. Disgusted says:

        Are you actually confusing creativity with wearing your pants around your ankles and orange hair.

    2. Bill O says:

      If I don’t read the web-site, what are the rules?

  18. Rise of the apes says:

    Actually a republic is preserved at the lowest levels like this district is undertaking- Zero tolerance for aniti-social behavior. If you don’t rein in these students now, they will soon be flinging poo like the chimps in the zoo (and some ACLU lawyer will call it art.)

  19. readmylips says:

    People usually act the way they dress. We wear different outfits for different activities. School should be a place of respect and learning rather than a display of underwear, belly buttons, exotic hair color and do’s, black eyes or whatever. studded tongues and facial piercings, extreme tattoos on exposed parts of the body, and whatever fad coming down the pike that appears to get comments or attention. Often those who appear insecure, or appear to be losers find extreme dress is the only way they can get attention. Wouldn’t it be great if the American students actually valued education like so many other countries do?

    1. Pat says:

      Many American students do value education and lead productive successful lives as adults. Those that dont end up working at Best Buy for 10yrs and still live at home when they are 30.

  20. Donna says:

    Thank God, about time someone made those idiots pull up their pants. When can we get this law nationwide?

  21. readmylips says:

    We use to pay to see freak shows. No longer necessary.

  22. Drew says:

    Public schooling is mainly for one thing. Training the kids to do what their told and to not question authority. We can’t have slaves running around, and thinking for themselves now. So If you want your kid to be a complete moron keep them in public school. Or you can step up and be a real parent and make sure your kid gets a real education. It’s up to the parents to teach their own kids responsibility and morals.

  23. HeyHey says:

    Killing creativity

    1. Ghostsouls says:

      yeah those two pictured above have a real shining future ahead of them, maybe they can study creativity in prison, yeah, they can wear their pants like that there 😛

      1. REALIST says:

        Get off your moms computer

  24. NO FEAR says:

    Would it be a hate crime to pull down their pants?
    Of course not! Dressing like that is an invitation
    to be publicly humiliated! Stupid lemmings…

  25. PukingDog says:

    Segregation would quickly solve most of the discipline, attitude, and dress code problems in public schools.

  26. Fanny Forbes Franklen says:

    Just another example that government run camps/schools can never convey a real education as the try and control what their students choose to wear or fix their hair. Imagine these fool administrators and teaches find work in the real world for the same pay. They are paid by extracting others wealth through the threat of force. Don’t pay your property taxes and they send goons to your home. Resist and they kill you.

    1. Pat says:

      Public education only teaches people to be good subjects

    2. Stan Kinder says:

      It would be parental negligence to send your children to the same public school as the lost boys pictured here. They cannot be saved from their parents or the left. Yours can but you’ll have to pay twice thanks to your federal government.

  27. don says:

    Privatise education

  28. YourMamma says:

    I bet you were the top of your class… this was just so clever.

  29. Pat says:

    The nazis told the Jews what to wear…

    Seriously, you are allowing the Govt to tell you how to dress now. What is wrong with people. Whether you agree or disagree with certain fads is irrelevent, The Govt has no business dictating dressing habits.

    1. annabel says:

      You are ridiculous. Take a look at expensive, private schools that offer the best education in the US today. You will see appropriate uniforms or dress codes, and other regulations. What is worn is secondary to the quality of education and should be minimized – e.g. not an issue. Children, particularly those with crude behaviour, should focus on the schoolwork and study. Parents should demand this from their school systems. Look at what the best do, and emulate that, rather than sink to the lowest level possible. Don’t make ridiculous comparisons. Google ‘school uniforms’ (under images) – what is your fear and problem? You must be unfamiliar with high standards and the expectation of expecting something better than the absolute lowest rung.

    2. Disgusted says:

      Do you have any idea how insulting it is to the Jewish people to imply that what the Nazis did was TELL THEM WHAT TO WEAR? Of course, this may be the extent of the education you got WHILE WEARING YOUR PANTS AROUND YOUR ANKLES.

      1. annabel says:

        Absolutely agree – “Pat” is making a warped comparison that is beyond insulting..”Disgusted’s” remarks are certainly justified, along with the astute conclusion.

  30. Bruno Nunziati says:

    very little meaningful education occurs in the public school system anyway. Social promotion, so as not to hurt the self image of a future loser, provides them with a useless diploma. The entire system needs to revert to the 1950’s. The hell with political correctness…cultural diversity ! Have the schools adopt un iforms for the dress code. Let teachers, parents really discipline the little morons. Have child protective services get real in what they want to achieve.
    Make parents responsible for discipling the kids. A swat on the butt used to get attention. Today it warrants a trip to court for the parent! The inmates are runnibg the asylum!

  31. Bruce McClarron says:

    The way kids treat school and education in the States these days – there will ALWAYS be plenty of “minimum wage” workers available!!! Have fun for the next 40 yrs – working for $8-10 an hour and NO health insurance etc. – you bunch of idiotic “numb nuts”!!

  32. Alex says:

    This is a tough one…While I want young people to be able to express their individuality, I don’t want schools or some other government run authority to dictate what young people wear. Students are not the property of schools. Schools are meant to educate young people not dictate fashion styles. It’s none of their business. It’s the business of parents to rear their children properly. If something is unsafe, send the student home. As far as the hang-down pants thing, I can’t stand it and it is tempting whenever I see one of these goofs to take my foot and shove it in the pants so the wearer will trip when he walks. We are raising moron children today. We need to teach them self-respect, manners and class so they won’t want to go outside dressed as clown, idiots and goofs!

    1. taek kenn says:

      Don’t worry Alex, if you don’t want your children wearing uniforms, they will probably end up wearing McDonald’s uniforms. If they are lucky that is.

    2. annabel says:

      It is actually possible for young people to ‘express their individuality’ through their achievements, their studies, their personalities, their intelligence…everything school and education should be about. Demand a strong focus on the core issue of learning and provide the environment to distinguish themselves through hard work and study, as opposed to all the other ‘noise’ that distracts from the purpose of education. Save that for the weekend, sports, or time not in school. Parents should demand quality learning, structure and appropriate dress for school. Again, what is so scary about appropriately dressed students who are urged to excel in their studies? Maybe the parents are as stupid as the kids these days..that sounds about right

  33. Alex says:

    I’m not advocating nudity in the least, but I would like to know who made the rule that human beings have to wear clothes in the first place? People are born without clothing. Dogs don’t wear pants. Donald Duck doesn’t wear pants! When taken to the extreme, why should people have to wear clothes? Ths is a social convention, nothing more. I know one thing… One big reason I wear clothing is that I catch cold easily and I understand that my body is so unattractive that normal people would run away in disgust.

    1. Stan Kinder says:

      People have seen the need to wear clothes for all of recorded history. Maybe they knew something you haven’t yet figured out in your couple decades on the planet.

  34. Fred says:

    Florida joins the Taliban and Iran as regimes that control what color hair people can have. Regardless of whether this is good or bad for children, American freedom dies a little more each day. This isn’t a Democratic or Republican issue: this is about the rights of an individual to do what they want with their body.

    There are serious educational problems in the state of Florida when people think these sorts of laws are consistent with democracy.

    1. USMC5053 says:

      I’m 80 years old and can tell you l.ibeal idiots that your idea of what America ‘has been’ is pure BS. Dress codes and strict behavior in schools was the standard for 150 years. This so-called “American freddom’ that you go on about started in the ’60s. You might note that that is about the same time that the nation started going down the tube in many ways.

      1. JL says:

        Well said, USMC5053

      2. Fred says:

        So what’s your point? That America is no more free than Iran and Afghanistan?

  35. Give me a break. says:

    This problem would become irrelevant with the implementation of a uniform policy. My children attend public school and wear a uniform. And YES, I pay for the uniforms myself, as responsible parents SHOULD. If you cannot afford them, there are plenty of charitable organizations that help. Instead of buying expensive jeans and tennis shoes, and otherwise spending a fortune on their “gotta have” wardrobe, this makes better senze. And BTW, they have never complained about it.

  36. morris less says:

    Pants on the Ground
    Pants on the Ground

    Lookin’ like a fool
    With your pants on the Ground

  37. Ruth Bafinn says:

    There is more to education than reading and writing. Discipline is among the most
    important things you can do for a child. I APPLAUD this school district. One of the thing you learn to be an adult is self discipline. Getting along in the world sometime means you have to abide by the rules even though you don’t like them. Otherwise
    we have anarchy. If the school says pull up your pants, then do it!!

  38. jdg11 says:

    The picture with this article is disgusting. Having said that, I do not like either the school or the state mandating how people dress. Where is the self respect with these kids? Where are their parents? If my son did this, I would take away the baggy pants and all of his underware. Then if he did this again he would be arrested for indecent exposure and I would not bail him out of jail.

  39. RLA Bruce says:

    Schools can either have standards, or not. Let the kids do their rebel thing OUSIDE of school. Inside, let the rules rule.

  40. Regulas says:

    Nothing that public canning can’t fix.

    1. Lou Bator says:

      Jam or vegetables?

  41. Colleen says:

    What is happening people? I mean really! As if these idiots don’t have more important issues to deal with than what color a student’s hair is! Not to mention basic rights as a human being, to have your hair any color you want it. I think they should be more concerned with guns and drugs!
    At this age especially kids are trying to figure out who they are, and break away from the group a little. I am 43 years old and when I was in high school kids had mohawks and purple hair. In fact my brother did and now he is an attorney. Let them be! God bless…..

  42. Irv says:

    The sad end result of all this will be, the school will get sued by the irate parents of some kid backed up by the legal prowess of the ACLU. After large legal bills are run up on both sides, the school will lose the suit and be forced to pay legal fees for the plaintiff.

  43. Concerned_Dad says:

    But… we ***need*** the sagging pants to know who the “hoods” are — it’s an Early Warning System (EWS) for trouble. Sagging pants are a SIGNAL that you have an IQ under 80 or so. Don’t suppress the EWS!

  44. sam says:

    The mothers and fathers or lack there of need to be disciplined as well. It starts at home…

  45. Shadowrw says:

    Civilized countries require uniforms. Of course, since the U. S. has become uncivilized, anything goes. Don’t depend on parents to oversee their kids. Most are just as stupid as the kids since this began in the sixties. In fact, most of the grandparents are just as stupid and clueless. Discipline of any sort went out the window long ago. Kids regularly abuse and murder parents. Just had a case here in S. Fl. where the adopted son of a real estate agent murdered her and dumped her body in a swamp because she wouldn’t loan him her car. Keep away from these ‘kids’. Many are downright dangerous.

  46. Rowdy Boots says:

    you do not represent any Conservatives


    1. Disgusted says:

      Speak for yourself, Dolt.

  47. dudefromdixie says:

    If you or one of your children wears baggy pants showing underwear, or dyes your hair orange, you a GD friggin nutbag moron imbecile idiot and shuold be taken out to the woodshed and disposed of.

  48. Ursus Rexx says:

    …’Laws’ that attempt to control panty-showing droopy pants, orange hair w/ navy-blue streaks, etc. have repeatedly been ruled unconstitutional-so, when some enteprising student(s) make a fortune, ‘$et-for-life’ before they even graduate, I’ll laugh till I…hurl ‘chunks’!

    1. Disgusted says:

      They well not be ruled unconstitutional if we ever get judges with brains.

  49. Montford John Greenwood says:

    The school is failing….Let’s not blame the teacher or school board but lets jump on the students instead. Sure the students should be disciplined, but because it’s the right thing to do, not because the school wants more money. Wankers.

  50. tim says:

    What a bunch of idiots. How is there any makeup that conceals your eyes? Direct eye contact requires your eyes to be open, therefore any amount of makeup on the eyelid doesn’t stop this. Bangs may do this. Still, who cares. It sounds like these kids just need to be beaten.

  51. Yirmin Snipe says:

    All these kids need to do is join a church that requires its member to have orange hair… or long hair… whatever and then the school can’t do squat. And don’t think it can’t happen… it already allows muslims to wear scarves so why not allow orange hair for kids belonging to the “Church of the Orange Headed God”.

  52. Danny says:

    We need more Joe Fridays around.

  53. JustSayNoNow says:

    A good start. Next, make them wear uniforms – and ignore their whining.

  54. Michael says:

    I think the saagy pants rule is necessary. No ne needs to see your underwear. The hair rule though will bring on law suits. You cannot allow Muslims with anytype of headress or scarf, and someone else with different hair or make-up. I would sue you in a minute. Dress codes have to be equal across the board with no lee way. One exception and it will not hold up in court Not to mention, you have to have a real reason why someone with orange hair is a safety concern. All I have to say is you better line your lawyers up.

  55. Katie says:

    Just go ahead and designate school uniforms. It just creates more gripping when you create all these dress code regulations. Set a school uniform for everyone and for every grade and be done with it. Children are resourceful, they can find another way to express their individuality.

  56. david says:

    Ban stupid parents. Problem solved.

  57. onceproudamerican says:

    These rules are just a way to transfer more wealth to lawyers as they are obviously VOID because they are vauge…

  58. NaturalBornCitizen says:

    I’m really beginning to hate living in this country.

    1. Spanky says:

      Well, we’re not thrilled you have you here. You can exit at any border, if you don’t understand the value of living in the US. Hell, supply a valid e-mail and I’ll help you exit. Understand North Korea is nice this trime of year, or Iran.

    2. Lou Bator says:

      Then move to pakistan. The moslems there will be more than happy to help you.

  59. TOM says:

    Suggestion… you want to be unique? Disruptive? Get home schooled. Then you don’t have to worry about fitting into an institution. I mean.. that’s why they’re doing it anyway… right? You don’t like it… don’t belong to it.

  60. Adam Smith says:

    Florida communities were doing exactly the same thing in the 1960s. A good lot of good it did then. Maybe they should be focusing on the effectiveness of teaching in the schools, the cost-effectiveness of county government and lowering the crime rate and not get distracted by multicolored hair or boxer shorts above the waistline.

  61. Joel says:

    You go to school to learn not for a fashion show

  62. TheAnalyst says:

    There’s nothing weird nor unreasonable about this at all! Where I grew up (D.C.), we had these sort of dress-codes in school for as long as I can remember. Naturally, as you move up into high school the standards become relaxed, but still, the showing of underwear is and always should be prohibited, and that includes sagging to the point of exposure, and the wearing of skirts that make a girl look like a pros. There is nothing wrong with attempting to keep some class present in a learning environment. FYI- I am against state laws that prohibit the same for the general public, but again, school policies always need to be somewhat stricter.

  63. Lauren says:

    Those “tea party types” also want a FEDERAL ban on abortion, gay rights and anything else that doesn’t agree with their christian fundamentalist beliefs. I’ve found that, whenever you hear one of them say they want smaller government, adding “for corporations” then makes clear that they are being consistent…for corporations. As far as us regular folks are concerned, we must do as the Tea Party says… or else. They want to tell us what to do, what to think, how to dress, how to live our lives, what we can and cannot teach our children, what we can and cannot do with our bodies or our love. Sounds an awful lot like Nazi Germany, circa 1930 to me. No, thanks. Keep your religious zealotry off my body and out of the lives of myself and my family. They see default as the beginning of the End Times and are relishing this country’s demise to satisfy some sick belief that they are heralding in the return of Jesus, the rest of us be damned.

  64. Disgusted says:

    When the United States was a civilized country, you did not have to pay teachers and administrators to teach the kids to pull their pants up, and not dye their hair orange. I taught my children how to pull their pants up at home by the time they were 2 years old. They had enough brain power of their own not to dye their hair orange and I didn’t have to teach them that one. The schools taught us reading, writing and arithmetic. Of course, in those days schools were schools, not zoos, and the citizens were capable of understanding that.

  65. Parker says:

    Watcha doing with yo pants fallin’ down?

    Not going to apply for a job – that’s for sure.

    But you’re on that gang banger fast track, so who cares.

    Thank you welfare state leftists. Your “generosity” has destroyed many of our greatest cities and generations of government dependent lost souls.

  66. Liberty says:

    I’m just a normal person speaking for kids. Personally the only thing I find weird is why kids wear the pants around their knees. Everything else like dying their hair orange (It’s not nessasarry but still) is completely about the REACTION of people. It’s only bad if the people say it’s bad, and it’s good if we say it’s good. And teachers and the rest of the education adminastration should take responsibility for their own mess-ups. I’m not saying all teachers are bad but some….welll you get the point. I know there will be some kids who just go to extreme measures but must all children be punished for this? I mean honestly! This is all ridiculous! Everything about it! Kids should have the ability too choose what they want to wear, their hair color, their looks! (As long as they don’t try to secretly change their identity) Is it nessacarry to have wearing the “wrong” types of clothing ILLEGAl! It is most defininitly unnessacarry to have children have to pay FINES because of it! In fact, lots of children only do this because they hate schools, they feel like everyone their hates them, some teachers are really just plain jerks! Schools are really a harsh place for this generation to grow up in, to have to deal with, to have a sense that nobody cares! Shcool is a harsh place for this generation to grow up in.Some children are even being underfed and the adults have to pay for the low portions of nasty food!. In fact some schools are breaking the law in multiple ways like not allowing kids to relieve their stress by doing pfysical exercise outside (or inside) just making them have higher stress levels! Honestly, what happend to the country that some people look at in history books. What happend to a place where I can be proud of! Why can’t adults actually take kids seriously! Kid’s have a life too you know. They have feelings….some even commit suicide!

  67. Parker says:

    The creepy thing is that the reporters who wrote this article think they are doing these wanna-be gang bangers a favor by taking their side in this game of “dressing for anarchy and contempt” rather than dressing for school.

    (And the welfare mom’s so hated the world that they unleashed their angry and undisciplined spawn upon it. Just a way of saying thank you for all the free stuff.)

  68. 82nd Airborne Mom says:

    rules are a good thing … dress code is a good thing … so tired of adults bending over backwards to say “express yourself” … via dress, slang talk. just a little pot, they only had one drink … making excuses for a kids bad behavior … why???? makes no sense to me … grow up!