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s. There are so many strong opinions about what direction parents, students, and administrators want to go in. It has been argued that school uniforms have the potential to make a school safer, that uniforms reduce bullying or self-image issues, and that uniforms return the focus to the students' education. I disagree. I actually think that school uniforms do not help make our schools a safer place, I think that they do not return the focus to student's education - they just shift where the focus was before, and that they will not help cut down on bullying or self-issues in school. It has been argued that school uniforms would promote safety in our schools. After all, if everyone is wearing the same thing, it would be easier to pick out who on the campus is not a student or faculty member. It is also argued that school uniforms discourage thefts among students, since the competition (designer clothes-wise), would no longer be there. According to PHS commentator Melissa Nitsch, "when everyone looks alike, there is less risk of being caught in gang fights for wearing the wrong color. With uniforms, no one is killed over a pair of Nikes or a Starter jacket." However, most public schools already have policies in place stating that certain colors should not be worn to school, in areas where this would be an issue - so what has a uniform really solved? If the students aren't wearing those colors to begin with, then why do we feel the need to impose uniforms? "Recently, the A.C.L.U. represented twenty-six families in a school uniform lawsuit against the Long Beach Unified School District. Although the case resulted in an out-of-court settlement, and both sides tentatively agreed to certain provisions, this case raised important issues concerning our legal rights. Barbara Bernstein, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, reaffirmed the opinion of the A.C.L.U. when she stated that requiring school uniforms is not only illegal, it is not the solution to...
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