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Published: Sunday, Feb. 17 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

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Vaughn J
Kearns, UT

Agree with this comment.

The idea that our school principals and superintendents need to impose their ideas on others is absurd and shows a grab for power to justify their positions. Unless the individuals actions are causing physical harm to others or themselves they should be left alone. After an initial contact where people may seem to be distracted by the hair color or clothes or whatever they individual will become a usual sight and everyone will begin to ignore any idiosyncrasies that other may be concerted about.

Spent time and effort at providing an education, not showing how to be disruptive by bringing up unimportant issues.

Winglish
Lehi, UT

While I agree wholeheartedly with the sentiment of this letter, I do find error in the assertion that a student's dress must cause "massive disruption" before it can be forbidden at school. Nothing the Supreme Court has ever written in regards to dress codes defends that assertion. In fact, the Supreme Court issued a statement as late as 2010 which affirms that "Expression by students in school may be limited by reasonable and equally applied time, place, and manner restrictions."
I'm sure the author of the letter is referring to Tinker vs. Des Moines. The Court recently affirmed that "Tinker remains the rule for testing the validity of a viewpoint-based regulation of student speech in public schools. But it says nothing of the validity of a content- and viewpoint-neutral policy that restricts students' clothing only during school hours reserved for the schools' core mission of education."
In other words, schools can have dress codes that are reasonably and equally applied to all students within the hours of the regular school day. To say otherwise is to express one's own opinion and not the interpretation of the Supreme Court in Tinker vs Des Moines.

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