The most annoying rule at Gull Lake High School is the “no hats, no hoods” section of the dress code. There are many arguments and disagreements on why students are not allowed to wear hoods and hats in school. Why is this a big problem?
I don’t think there’s anything wrong with wearing hats in school. The only time you should be asked to take off your hood or hat is during the pledge of allegiance, since doing so shows respect for the flag and the people who have died for this country.
“A school is where I go to learn,” GLHS Alton Dillon said. “It shouldn’t be where I go to parade every loyalty, theory and allegiance I might have, or might wish others to think I have.”
Many people are confused when they are told to remove their cap in hallways and in classrooms. I’ve witnessed students arguing with teachers over the dress code, claiming that it’s not understandable; we have days where we are allowed to wear hats with no problem, but, on other days, we get in trouble, and, sometimes, that can lead to your hat being taken away.
“Hats are what kids like to wear these days, whether it’s a snap back, their baseball team, or an authentic cap,” Gull Lake Student Zach Reed said. “I think that kids would feel more at home or more comfortable at school if they were allowed to wear hats. Maybe it would help the students score higher on quizzes or tests.”
The only problem I see with hats is, if they are abnormally large, they may distract students from the lesson or obscure the wearer’s face from school cameras, both of which are inappropriate in a school environment.
“Also, many kids don’t like their hairstyle and like to cover it up with a simple hat,” senior Avery Eastman said. “Even girls might roll out of bed in the morning and want to throw on a hat. What if someone got a bad haircut or had a bad hair day? That could easily turn into bullying issues about their hair.”
Avey brings up a good reason why hats should be allowed: if a student has a bad haircut and wants no one to see it, so they wear a hat to hide it, but the teacher tells them to take it off, it turns everybody’s attention to their head, ensuring that everyone sees their embarrassing haircut.
Hats and hoods should be allowed in all schools. The ban on headgear is the most non-understandable and outdated code there is.