Appearance Police!

Posted by: MacBozo

Appearance Police! - 11/27/13 06:47 AM

Florida school threatens to expel student over ‘natural hair’

What else will they declare a "distraction?" Any clothing that's not a brown shirt?
Posted by: DLC

Re: Appearance Police! - 11/27/13 07:07 AM

Well it is a Private school - they can do whatever they like.
DON'T agree with their point, but they DO have the right.
Posted by: MacBozo

Re: Appearance Police! - 11/27/13 07:16 AM

Yes, it is a private school, but in FL, it probably gets some state funding from our voucher system.

And singling out one student for wearing her hair in an entirely natural style? Of course, these are the same people who live in gated communities (prisons) where everything looks exactly the same.
Posted by: NucleusG4

Re: Appearance Police! - 11/27/13 07:20 AM

During the 70s hair like that was everywhere... now.. it's a distraction.
Whatever.
Do we really have nothing better to worry about?
Posted by: MacBozo

Re: Appearance Police! - 11/27/13 07:37 AM

The appropriate way to deal with this was to address the bullying and then some edumacation about ethnic differences, not by suspending/expelling the student.
Posted by: MacBozo

Re: Appearance Police! - 11/27/13 07:40 AM

Of course, this hair style would probably be perfectly acceptable:

Posted by: NucleusG4

Re: Appearance Police! - 11/27/13 07:45 AM

If she was in my class... I would be seriously distracted.
Watching her kiss Mark Harmon made me want to be him.. so bad.
I liked her. A Lot. blush
Posted by: Jim_

Re: Appearance Police! - 11/27/13 07:47 AM

Originally Posted By: NucleusG4
During the 70s hair like that was everywhere
Right, and it was called a Natural.
Posted by: Celandine

Re: Appearance Police! - 11/27/13 10:47 AM

Originally Posted By: MacBozo
The appropriate way to deal with this was to address the bullying and then some edumacation about ethnic differences, not by suspending/expelling the student.


+1

Her hair is fluffy and clean, I'd
venture to guess, far cleaner and
more well kemp than peers wearing
wigs and weaves in the attempt to
"Fit In" by looking White.

Bullying over perceived differences
or in some cases, one's perceived IQ
is unexceptable and "The Kewl Kids"
are finally being held accountable..
so are authority figures who allow it.
Posted by: MrB

Re: Appearance Police! - 11/29/13 02:06 AM

Yes it does seem extreme. Iv been there. Student handbooks used to be a few sheets of paper stapled on the side. I saw ours go from that to a veritable book . Page after page of "not alloweds"

But, people do forget the concept of the school. It's meant to be a stable place where students can learn. Distractions from this can get in the way of learning if they distract from the concept being taught so instructors have to repeat constantly.

Also, I've seen it happen so many times and make nation news blogs like this. The kids do this just for the distraction. Then their parents get into it. Much of the time the parents think they have to "support" their kid because it makes them out to be a bad parent, when, it probably doesn't mean that.

After all. Parents don't know what is going on with their kids. They think they do but they don't. Kids play one game in school, one when with their friends, and a completely different game at home.

As for this situation. The hair is probably not so bad, but it is against the student policy which the parent should have read.

Then we get the media into it so we really don't know what's going on

Dave
Posted by: steveg

Re: Appearance Police! - 11/29/13 03:33 AM

I guess thee school doesn't see it that way after all.

One's natural state is not a distraction. Those who think it is are the ones with a problem.
Posted by: DLC

Re: Appearance Police! - 11/29/13 05:58 AM

IF they do then that's another story, but many private schools refuse state and Fed funds for this very reason. They lose autonomy.

Then again it depends upon how the voucher system works... what strings does it have (if any).

I agree she should be allowed if it's natural, just saying it's not always B&W.

MrB- then again sometimes kids LOOK for distractions.. I know where you're coming from as a teacher and I sympathize. toughest job in the world... esp in public schools.
Posted by: steveg

Re: Appearance Police! - 11/29/13 06:29 AM

Dave, your beard is a distraction. Pleas empty out your locker and go home. grin
Posted by: DLC

Re: Appearance Police! - 11/29/13 06:33 AM

Originally Posted By: steveg
Dave, your beard is a distraction. Pleas empty out your locker and go home. grin

When you get that "blinkin Apple" off yer 'ead I will ! Masta distracta ! grin
Posted by: steveg

Re: Appearance Police! - 11/29/13 06:51 AM

I'll have you know that blinking Apple gets me chicks.* >:p









*Caution: Objects in trou may be smaller than they appear. blush laugh
Posted by: DLC

Re: Appearance Police! - 11/29/13 07:16 AM

Does it blink faster when you make them "happy"!? laugh
Posted by: steveg

Re: Appearance Police! - 11/29/13 07:43 AM

Don't know a/b the hat, but I definitely blink faster. shocked
Posted by: yoyo52

Re: Appearance Police! - 11/29/13 08:04 AM

Anything can cause distraction. Since I'm a boy (well, male--"boy" hasn't worked for several decades) I'll list things I see in girls that distract me. Lots of makeup. No makeup. Big hair. Shaved hair. Jeans like skin. Loose dresses. Sandals. Boots. Halter tops. Balloon sleeves. Girls taking off a sweater. Girls putting on a sweater. Girls picking up their backpacks and putting them on. Girls taking off their backpacks and putting them down. Girls with miniskirts (my advisee two weeks ago blush ). Girls with maxiskirts that cover everything and make you wonder. Girls who clearly have bras on. Girls who clearly don't have bras on. Smart girls.

I assume the same kind of thing works in the other direction--in several other directions depending on sexual preference.
Posted by: Acumowchek

Re: Appearance Police! - 11/29/13 08:36 AM

All of the above.
And you're speaking as an adult.
As a student, a girls hair was the last thing that distracted me. whistle
As a parent, I can't believe other parents would allow their kids to dress so inappropriately for school. It's not halloween, or a fashion show. /oldman.
Posted by: Celandine

Re: Appearance Police! - 11/29/13 02:10 PM

.
If a 6’5, 312-pound Miami Dolphin can be bullied…

If you read the article carefully
it's not so much an issue of a 12yo girl's hair
as it is the MIShandling of the parent's complaint
about the school allowing her daughter to be bullied
simply because she didn't conform to her CLASSMATE'S
Image of what they couldn't accept as being DIFFERENT
from the way all the other kids choose to wear their hair.

IMO it was mishandled when they missed the opportunity
to teach a life-lesson concerning respect, acceptance, and
the differences that make us all equally unique beautiful.

Instead, they went The Lazy Route... chose to blame the
victim of the bullying, and even threaten her (which is
yet ANOTHER Form of BULLYING) to conform to Someone
Else's preconceived ideal...or suffer the consequences.

As I said.. the case has LESS To Do with a little girl's hair
than the bungled attempt to take the lazy way out.