Students voice opinions over uniforms
Yoga pants, hoodies, jeans, v-necks and all the other clothing kids love to wear could be going by the wayside at Wareham Public Schools. While students have a range of opinions on the matter, it appeared a majority were against change.
The primary reason for students being against uniforms appears to be losing individuality.
“I wouldn’t really want uniforms because you wake up and you don’t want to wear the same thing over and over again,” said high school student Caitlyn Berger. “We can make a guideline of what we can wear to school.”
“It would make the school just one big black blob filled with people in black clothing. There would be no color,” said Decas Elementary student Ann Marie Perry. “What happens if you’re in one class, and you get mixed up in another class? What if you can’t find your class?”
“With school uniforms, everyone would look the same,” middle school student Brooklyn Silva student.
Students also stated they should have freedom of expression.
“Everyone should be able to express themselves with how they dress,” middle school student Alliaya Hall said.
“We should be able to wear what we want. I like wearing my sweatpants when I’m feeling tired. I like to dress pretty when I’m feeling pretty,” high school student Malange DePina said. “I shouldn’t have to wear what someone tells me to wear. I feel like we’re not a private school.”
“Changing to uniforms is just going to be terrible,” DePina added. “The kids who do not want to wear them will not wear them, and it’s just going to cause problems.”
“Even right now, they throw IDs into the mix, and people don’t wear that,” DePina said.
Not all student opinions were unfavorable to uniforms, though.
“I think it would be a lot classier, and it would be a way to stop bullying,” high school student MacKenzie Connell said.
Superintendent Kimberly Shaver-Hood said uniforms would be a good way to prevent the bullying of students who can’t afford the nicest clothing. However, students say the biggest bullying is around shoes.
“Students are very fashion-conscious. If I don’t have the Abercrombie or whatever the latest trend is, or the whatever the outfit of the day is… sometimes that could cause me to get picked on as a student,” said Shaver-Hood.
“The biggest problem I see is boys and shoes, honestly,” DePina said. “Anything else, though, isn’t really a problem.”
Bullying around shoes is not just an issue reserved for the high school, though.
Students “make fun of this one kid because he wears, like, Skechers,” Hall said.
“You would have to add shoes to the whole thing,” Connell said.
“I don’t think it’s going to prevent bullying,” DePina said.
Connell added that shoes are not the only issue.
“There is some bullying based on clothing,” Connell said. “You hear: ‘Those clothes are old. You wear those clothes all the time.’ I can hear it every day.”
While some students may disagree with the possible measure, they can understanding its reasoning.
“I wouldn’t wear them, but I can see why they’d want them,” high school student Dana Fernandes said. “It’s a safety thing you can tell if somebody different is coming in the school and it makes the school look neater as a whole.”
“Target has uniforms. Walmart has uniforms. You can find a polo shirt just about anywhere,” said Shaver-Hood.