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School Bans Uggs – For The Dumbest Reason Ever

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Pouggs banned schoolttstown Middle School in Pennsylvania has banned students from wearing Uggs. And it has nothing to do with fashion (or lack thereof). No, this school is forbidding students from wearing Uggs – and any fuzzy open-top boots, for that matter – because they’re using them as a hiding spot for their cell phones. And cell phones are now allowed in class.

Such stupidity!

Honestly, this whole thing reminds me of airport security – at least in North America – where we’re forced to remove our shoes in case we happen to be stashing a bomb in there. It’s a totally reactive move and it drives me nuts.

If Pottstown Middle School officials used their brains, they’d recognize that students will simply find another place to hide their cellphones. There are bags and backpacks, pockets and pencil cases. I could go on and on. The point is that if kids want to sneak a cell phone into class, they will. That’s not to say that cell phones aren’t problematic. Clearly they are. And rules are rules. But there must be a better way of controlling the situation than to ban Uggs!

First-time offenders who dare to wear Uggs (vs. lace-up boots with a snugger fit) will get detention. Subsequent violations include two detentions, followed by confiscation of the phone, according to district director of community relations John Armato.

Am I alone in finding this rule absolutely ridiculous?

9 Comments

  1. Abigail

    January 30, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Honestly, I don’t care so much about the ban or how it affects or doesn’t affect their cell phone usage, but I do have to say that I think these boots are just about the ugliest fashion item I’ve ever seen, and it’s about time someone bans them in public! 🙂 lol

    • NotThumper

      January 30, 2012 at 12:56 pm

      They may be ugly but at least they are comfy and warm. If we’re going to ban ugly “fashion” in public can we ban pants that are obviously too tight (hello muffin top!?) and uniboobs???

    • Cee

      January 30, 2012 at 1:15 pm

      Is it bad that Im curious of this uniboob of which you speak of? LOL

    • NotThumper

      January 30, 2012 at 1:28 pm

      Lol @ Cee! ya know, the look of a spare tire or uniboob that some sports bras give to women. 😉

    • Cee

      January 30, 2012 at 2:52 pm

      Haha I didn’t know that it was called THAT! I may have to use that word at some point this week!

  2. Amy

    January 30, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Ugh! Cell phones are a part of everyday life now, especially for children. I think it would be an incredibly progressive thing for schools and instructors to try and incorporate technology into their teaching methods instead of trying to ban every little thing that they deem a distraction.

    If they use them for good, students are likely to 1) take a more active interest in the studies, and 2) learn to respect technology and digital devices as more than a tool of entertainment.

  3. Melissa

    January 30, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    Anyone who would allow their kid to wear Uggs should be arrested for Child Abuse.

    Honestly stop the Uggs, stop the Birkenstocks, stop the fairy wings, stop the bad fashion and get it together everyone!

  4. Amy

    January 31, 2012 at 4:03 am

    As a teacher, I agree on the point of cell phones in the class being distractions. If they could be integrated into classrooms don’t you think they would have already been integrated? There are just too many texts that could come in or games you can play on your phone. It just doesn’t work…

    As for the boots, yes, completely ridiculous rule. Cellphones will be smuggled into the classroom regardless of the boots they wear! Kids are much smarter than that!

  5. RighttoWorkMom

    January 31, 2012 at 8:38 am

    I think it’s a great idea. I also think it’s a little too “small picture” to only see that they are preventing kids from getting phones in their classrooms in this *one* way.

    This is also a punishment. Think about how many kids are wearing boots like those. Now they can’t. If they want to whine about it, well, they shouldn’t have used their boots to bring their phones to class.

    I hate cell phones in classrooms. It’s just sad when you see what students think will get them past their teachers. Why are you looking right below your desk the whole time? Why have learned back so far to look low? Why is your backpack on top of your desk and open facing you? The list is endless.

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