Bengals from Both Angles At Issue: Hats on? Hats off?

Many people may think the rule of not allowing students to wear hats in school is foolish.

Nevertheless, hats are not permitted for multiple reasons, and, with the rise in violence and drug use in some schools, this rule is more significant than ever to protect students.

Students could use hats to hide weapons, drugs, and objects used for cheating.

Small weapons could easily be hidden under a hat unnoticed. This poses a threat to all staff and students because they could possibly be injured by those weapons.

Illegal, underage use of vaping products has risen in teens, and some students may use in school. Hats can provide an easy place for students to hide vaping products, so they can leave class and use them.

Hats could be utilized to hide papers or notes used to cheat on exams and quizzes. Students can simply take off their hat with their notes with all the answers to their exam inside.

Hats are often used to present a gang affiliation which could cause many disturbances within school by promoting gang culture.

With hats in school, students may try to play games of keep away and take each other’s hats and throw them around causing immense distractions in the school.

With hundreds of people in school, if one student gets sick, it often gets around quickly. With the addition of hats, transmission of illnesses or lice may greatly increase.

The only circumstance in which hats should be allowed is for medical or religious reasons. Otherwise we are indoors. Why would students need a hat?

It’s not cold to the point that people need a hat. It is not going to rain in school.

Overall, hats pose a possible threat to staff and students and serve no purpose inside.

Therefore, the rule of not allowing hats in school is completely justifiable.

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Bengals from Both Angles At Issue: Hats on? Hats off?

It is a long-standing rule in schools that students are not allowed to wear hats.

The reason behind this is mainly due to two issues.

Hats can obscure the face which is a potential security risk. Perhaps the design on the hat or the hat itself symbolizes an offensive statement or represents a gang affiliation.

However, in today’s modern world, these rules should be more lenient.

The argument of hats obscuring the face and/or other security risks is an outdated claim. There are numerous ways to combat risks.

Yes, the school rule is implemented for protection, but there are alternative ways to combat security threats.

Security systems have been upgraded, cameras are much higher quality, and school officials have an accurate list of all active students. In an age of social media, some threats can be stopped before they are even carried out. Hats, more often than not, just cover a bad hair day or protect from sunlight.

Baseball caps, in particular, have multiple functions. Of course, the aforementioned bad hair cover up or sunlight blocker are common.

Excessive exposure to sunlight can lead to cancer and other harmful diseases. Sunlight in the eyes, in extreme cases, can cause blindness. Caps can add protection as the brim protects the eyes from sunlight, and the cap itself protects the scalp.

During outdoor P.E. classes, a cap would be quite handy.

Hats can also be a form of self-expression.

Not only baseball caps, but many other caps can represent how a person feels and/or what he or she believes in. The design of the hat can also be a form of self-expression. Perhaps a favorite tv show or a sports team, or a personal hero is known for wearing a type of hat.

Hats are a way for a person to express themselves, and students should not be silenced.

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