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No Hats, No Problem?

Hats are a point of expression and often carry sentimental value

John Sanders

Hats are a point of expression and often carry sentimental value

John Sanders, Author

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      Students should be allowed to wear hats! Many students have different fashion choices at their disposal when deciding on what to wear. There is, however, a dress code in place that each person on campus must follow. One piece of heavily disputed apparel that goes against the code is hats.

      Hats are a popular part of clothing that many students love to wear regardless of what the code imposes. I can recall countless times that a student was told to take off their hat by an official outside, a place where hats are most likely worn. It is understandable, from a respect point, to not wear hats while indoors, which some students I remember were told to take off when they brought one indoors. But to say that on-campus hat-wearing is forbidden leaves some students scratching their heads. This is mainly because there is no etiquette rule about not wearing hats outside.

      I’ve been told that one of the primary reasons is gang related. And in this time of security issues due to in-school violence like school shootings, fights, and vandalism, the no-hat policy can be somewhat reasoned. But when just taking a look around the campus one can tell that people respect each other and with our PRIDE program that teaches people to respect. It also falls apart at the fact that some people just need the protection from the sun. There are items such as sunscreen and sunglasses, which aren’t against the school’s dress code.

      No matter what the school’s reasoning is, I think many can agree that this no-hat policy needs a slight reworking. One day, hopefully, the restriction will see a new adjustment, and in a place like Paradise Valley High School, wearing a hat to represent who you are is showing PV PRIDE in itself.

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