UGG (literally)! Pottsdown Middle School Principal Gail Cooper recently notified parents that "open top boots" are officially banned in the classroom. Apparently, these middle schoolers are smuggling contraband in their booties...not weapons, not drugs, not pornography...but those darn cell phones! The school already has a mandatory dress code that includes such fine detail as the requirement to wear matching color shoe laces. We understand the need to limit cell phone use to prevent disruption of the classroom environment, but if the problem is pervasive, limiting student expression is unlikely to solve the problem. As technology shrinks the size of communication devices, we have to wonder how far dress codes can go to keep up. We are also concerned about international relations with our Aussie allies. Ugg.
STORY: Pennsylvania Middle School Bans Boots