School Bans Kids Wearing Hoodies

Pretty soon, kids will be going to school naked. And no, this isn’t a statement on the skimpiness of half the items in the juniors section. This is about the latest item to be banned by school districts: hoodies.

You know, those hooded sweatshirts favored by the Unabomber, shlubby moms like me and teenagers?

In a move that would make Stacey and Clinton kvell, a Kansas school district has kicked the hoodie to the curb. Turns out kids were using the front pocket to hide their texting fingers during class.

With full keyboards on most kids cell phones these days, the kids say they’ve memorized the keyboard and don’t need to look at the screen to text. So they keep the whole thing inside their front pouch – where they can also feel the phone vibrating when a classmate sends them a message.

A million years ago, we used the front pouch of our hoodies to hide the walkman – and later discman. So heartwarming to know the kids are just picking up where we left off.

I’m probably going to be alone in defending them, but with hoodies a mainstay in my (very mom-like) wardrobe these days, I’ve got to pipe in. Perhaps confiscating a cell phone or two rather than banning a practical piece of the wardrobe (which solves the skimpy problem quite nicely) might fix the problem?

And parents, how about checking the time stamp on your kid’s texting bill? If they’re texting during school hours, it’s time to confiscate the phone.

If the cell phone is the problem, the cell phone needs to go. Because the kids will find another way as long as it’s there. What else did we do with our discmans? Oh, right, the inside the three-ring-binder trick . . .

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