Tuesday, April 29, 2008

What Does A School Do When It's Not Gang Attire?

Several students at Centennial High School have picked up on a trend to shave lines into their eyebrows. They say it's a fashion statement; school administrators, however, contend it's a gang sign.

Centennial administrators are telling students who shave the lines that they can't return to school until they take care of the problem — by shaving their eyebrows off. Four students have been sent home. One came back immediately with a bandage covering the shaved brow. The others are still out of school.

Assistant Principal Mark Porterfield said the students are not suspended, but they are not allowed in school until they cooperate.

And if one gang decides to grow their pinky fingernails an extra 1/4", are schools going to forbid that, too? What if a gang adopted an American flag logo? How far can, or should, schools go to keep gang identifications out of school?


Ellen K said...

We had similar issues. And yes, it IS a gang sign, as is wearing a rosary (which is something most Catholics would never do.) It's just another reason why we should encourage uniforms.

Dr Pezz said...

Since gang attire is a tacit form of harassment, I would say the schools would have to adapt as the gangs change their symbols and clothing.

Of course, shaving eyebrows or tattoos or hair styles make things more difficult.

Scott McCall said...

im gana make a gang, where they go to school everday as a gang symbol. so does that mean school's going to cancel every day to prevent it?

Carson said...

Or to discourage it just have the teachers start shaving lines into their eyebrows. Bet that would ruin the COOLNESS of it.

Darren said...

Carson, I'm not sure whether to congratulate you on your genius, or take away 5 points for all but saying teachers aren't cool.