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Kansas Schools Ban Hooded Sweatshirts
The new rule at two schools in Kansas is "no hoodies."
Cellphones are banned in the Renwick School district. The ban appears not to be enough, however, so two schools in the area decided to bar students from wearing hooded sweatshirts. Why? Because kids can hide their cellphones in the front pockets, secretly texting their buds without even looking at the keyboard.
Here is a video report from Eyewitness News 12 in Kansas:
One student interviewed in the KWCH report said that she and her friends "could memorize our keyboards, because most of us have full keyboards." Leaving the phone on vibrate and keeping it hidden in the front pouch of a hoodie allowed them to communicate in secret. Pretty neat trick.
The two schools that have banned the offending outer garment are Andale Elementary and St. Mark's Charter School. Colwich Elementary allows sweatshirts with front pockets as long as they are sewn up.
If you think this sounds wacky, you're not alone. One parent told KWCH, "I think it's kind of stupid, but you've got to keep the distractions out of school." She has a first grader who does not own a cellphone, but he can't wear a hoodie, either.
Interestingly, this isn't a new idea. Lincoln Middle School in Meriden, Conn., banned hoodies back in 2007, but for a different reason. The school thought that kids would wear the hoods to hide headphones and listen to their tunes in class.
Maybe everyone should just listen to Kayleigh Clement, a sixth grader who told KWCH, "Kids shouldn't be that stupid to text during school."
Out of the mouths of babes...
What do you think? Are the Kansas schools over-reacting?
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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.