Seriously? 15 Things Schools Have Banned So Far in 2012

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!

  • Bake Sales 1 of 15
    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.

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  • Bows 2 of 15
    Three-year-old Marcella Marino, whose father is apparently an EPIC hairstylist, wasn't allowed to rock this Gaga-esque bow for her school picture. Why? Because her school bans braids and bows in their dress code. Bummer.

    (Photo Credit: Babble)
  • Facebook (even while not in school) 3 of 15
    Facebook (even while not in school)
    A private, all-Jewish school in Brooklyn banned students from using Facebook, even outside of school, because it is "immodest." Thirty-three students at Beis Rivkah High School were fined $100 each by the school's rabbi last March.

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  • High Fives 4 of 15
    High Fives
    In June of this year, a primary school in Australia garnered jeers from parents after it banned high fives, hugging or playing tiggy, basketball or football. Students caught doing any of these activities will be punished with counseling sessions. By the way, I had to Google "tiggy." It's apparently some kind of incredibly dangerous form of Australian tag. Probably involves whacking people with boomerangs or something. What? It's just tag? Oh. Well then I got nothin'.

    (Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons, with added nonsense by Joslyn Gray for Strollerderby)
  • Hugging 5 of 15
    A New Jersey school banned hugging this year, after "incidents of unsuitable, physical interactions" were witnessed by teachers. Meanwhile, as Babble's Meredith Carroll points out, 19 states still allow public school teachers to beat students. Yay, priorities.

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  • Lee Greenwood 6 of 15
    Lee Greenwood
    OK, not the actual Lee Greenwood, just his song, "God Bless the USA." A New York City school principal banned the song from a kindergarten graduation this year.

    (Photo Credit: Yoland Hunter, US Air Force)
  • The acronym ‘LOL’ 7 of 15
    The acronym 'LOL'
    Students at an Atlanta-area elementary school were asked to sign a pledge agreeing not to use the acronym "LOL" in their yearbook. The school later changed their policy after parents and students ridiculed the ban.

    (Photo Credit: Panama CZ , with added nonsense by Joslyn Gray for Strollerderby)
  • This porn star 8 of 15
    This porn star
    Mike Stone, an 18-year-old Minnesota high school senior, asked adult film star Megan Piper to be his prom date via Twitter. Ms. Piper, 19, agreed to go if Mike paid her travel expenses, but his school put the kibosh on the prom date. The school district said Ms. Piper's attendance at the dance would be "inconsistent" with district policy, which allows the district to deny any person or group entry to an event if the visit "is not in the best interest of the district."

    (Photo Credit: Twitter/@xMeganPiper)
  • Using social media in student elections 9 of 15
    Using social media in student elections
    A California school this week banned students from using social media in student election campaigns. "Every time students have used Facebook for campaigning, someone has said something mean about somebody else," a school official said, adding that more often than not it wasn't the candidates themselves lobbing insults but their friends and even friends of friends.

    (Photo Credit: iStockphoto)
  • Sunblock 10 of 15
    Washington state mom Jesse Michener was irate when her two daughters, Violet, 11, and Zoe, 9, came home after a school Field Day severely sunburned. The school had not permitted the girls to apply sunblock, because it's considered a medication.

    (Photo Credit: Jesse Michener)
  • Ugg Boots 11 of 15
    Ugg Boots
    A Pennsylvania middle school banned Ugg boots after school officials realized students were hiding their cell phones in the boots. Students are allowed to wear their fuzzy-lined boots to school, but then must change into sneakers or lace-up shoes. Fashion tragedy.

    (Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Texas Dex)
  • Upsetting Words 12 of 15
    Upsetting Words
    Public schools in New York City have been banned from using "upsetting words" in tests. The city's Department of Education banned 50 words and topics for fear the words could "appear biased" or "evoke unpleasant emotions" in students who should simply be able to concentrate on their tests. The banned topics include dinosaurs (evolution), birthdays and holidays (religion), divorce (it's a bummer), computers (WTF?), vermin (skeevy), and homes with swimming pools (because rich people are generally irritating).

    (Photo Credit: Joslyn Gray for Strollerderby)
  • Valentine’s Day 13 of 15
    Valentine's Day
    An elementary school in Massachusetts asked parents not to send in treats this past Valentine's Day. School officials said the previous year's candy exchange had been a "nightmare" and that students had gorged themselves on sugar.

    OK, fine. I don't need my kids coming home whacked out on sugar, and I'm sure it's no picnic for teachers trying to control 30 sugar-addled kids, either. But a school in Maryland went so far as to ban Valentine's Day cards to avoid what Principal Stephanie Brown called "inappropriate interactions between boys and girls." Because you know how totally romantic 9-year-old boys can be, with their fart jokes and all. The ban has since been lifted, and students are allowed to exchange cards as long as no food or candy is attached.

    (Photo Credit: Babble)
  • A walker for this adorable Kindergartner with Cerebral Palsy 14 of 15
    A walker for this adorable Kindergartner with Cerebral Palsy
    Five-year-old LaKay Roberts, who has cerebral palsy, was banned from using her walker because her Houston-area school said it posed a danger to herself and other students. All joking aside, this completely, utterly, batsh*t bonkers.

    (Photo Credit: Kristi Roberts)
  • Whole Milk 15 of 15
    Whole Milk
    The Department of Agriculture, which oversees the national school lunch program, no longer allows schools to serve whole milk. Effective last month, schools can only serve low-fat (unflavored) or nonfat (flavored or unflavored) milk.

    (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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