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Seriously? 15 Things Schools Have Banned So Far in 2012

By joslyngray |

Gosh, we like to ban things.

In recent years, we’ve seen schools ban everything from Silly Bandz and skinny jeans, to dictionaries and saying the word “meep.” (Memorable School Bans: 18 Things That Failed to Follow the Rules) But in 2012 alone, which isn’t even over yet by a long shot, at least 15 more things have been banned by schools.

Some of them, I agree with. For example, the ungodly amount of sugar consumed by my kids at school on Valentine’s Day. And I’ve got no problem with a ban on Ugg boots because a) those things are damn expensive and b) why would you want your feet to be sweaty all day at school? On the other hand, some of the bans seem way out of line. Sunblock? Hair bows?

And for God’s sake, what was that Texas school thinking when it banned a kindergartner with cerebral palsy from using her walker?

Check out 15 things that have banned in school so far this year. I wonder what the next few months will bring!

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Banned in School: 15 Things Schools Have Axed in 2012

Bake Sales

Schools in Massachusetts are barred from hosting bake sales by the state's Department of Public Health and Education. First reported last March, the ban became effective August 1.

(Photo Credit: iStockphoto)

Update: Oh yes, more things have already been banned. See School FAIL: Cartwheels Now Banned in School.

(Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons, with added nonsense by Joslyn Gray for Strollerderby)

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11 thoughts on “Seriously? 15 Things Schools Have Banned So Far in 2012

  1. Beth says:

    Allen Isd in texas banned yoga pants

  2. DeathMetalMommy says:

    What in the hell is going on in this country?! So the little girl who can’t walk without a walker is just SOL I guess? She has to army crawl down the hallway? That seems fair. She needs to learn early that the world isn’t fair and it won’t change to accomodate her. So then I guess the kids with braces on their legs should have their hardware confiscated as well. Let’s face it, that’s just body armor for kicking other kids. The ones with crutches? They gotta go, too. Those kids are just walking around with steel ball bats for cracking other kids in the face. Why have we never seen all this before?! The handicapped kids are the real threats here!

  3. Cat Davis says:

    Some of those I don’t think are so crazy, especially the bake sales. To think of the condition of kitchens food comes out of is scary.

  4. Martha Kennedy says:

    qho were the stupid asses that put all these bans up. banning a walker from a child who has cerebral palsy? How asinine can you get? Maybe you should just ban her from school altogether!!!!! We have some people setting up these rules folks!!!!

  5. Lorrie K says:

    How about wearing sunglasses at a graduation ceremony? Or, dancing a short gig when you got your (empty) diploma?. Or throwing your cap when your mother has proof that it wasn’t her id that did it? Sparkman High School in Huntsville/Harvest, AL did that in 2006. They tried to withhold the actual graduation status until the kids did community service but couldn’t so they just didn’t give them their copy of the diploma. I offered to photoshop one of them a copy. So freaking ridiculous.

    The TODAY show had a girl on today who said the word “hell” in her graduation speech and said they won’t give her a diploma until she issued a written apology to the school. Equally stupid.

  6. Amy says:

    Seriously??? Banning a student, with cerebral palsy, from using her own walker because it poses a threat to her???? WTF!!!!! Correct me if I’m wrong, but I thought Cerebral Palsy was the threat? NOT using the walker is a threat….

  7. Robert Cottrell says:

    Has it occurred to anybody in the school banning sun block that sun poisoning is a nasty condition? Oh, and don’t they realize that kids on certain psychotropic medications are hyper-sensitive to the sun? Those two things don’t even count the light complected kids who can burn in the shade. Maybe the school needs to hire extra staff for the kids who can’t tolerate the sun. They’ll change their outlook on sun block then.

  8. Natalie M says:

    Banning sunblock means more money for med insurance later when this generation of children has skin cancer. Everything is a money racket now a days. My children are home schooled and will be until they graduate. I absolutely refuse to subject them to the immorality of today’s public schools. Our government wants the new generations to be ignorant and completely dependent on them. We are supposed to forget that we have certain inalienable rights. Rights that the government are taking away on a daily basis. The U.S. may be the “best” to live in, but who’s opinion is that based on? All the foreigners that come here (mostly) illegally? More than likely.

  9. m2theh says:

    My daughter is in second grade, bake sales have been gone a long time. I was surprised about sending pre-wrapped store bought treats for birthdays, although you can pick up stuff at the bakery and call it good, but I’ve seen some kitchens that I wouldn’t want to eat from.

  10. lydia says:

    If a child requires a walker, GIVE IT TO THEM. There are a lot of crazy, stupid rules that are on the books in PUBLIC SCHOOLS. If it takes a second job, or cutting back, place your child/children in a private school. The rules are clear, there is a higher expecations of your child, a no nonsense approach to discipline, smaller class sizes and a challenging curriculum. Yes, it is going to cost but to you, it is well worth it. (I know some of private school kids will go astray occasionally, but I will take my changes by placing my kid in a private school as oppose to a public school.)

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