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Wednesday 31 March 2004

Oh Thank Heavens

A school system in Merrillville, Indiana is finally doing something about the real issues in education. Here’s the whole story, with my emphasis added::

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. — Officials have banned pink clothing for the remainder of the school year out of concerns that the color has become associated with gang activity. Administrators last week told students at the city’s high school and two middle schools to avoid wearing pink clothing or accessories, said Michael Berta, associate superintendent in the Northwestern Indiana district. “There is no evidence of gang activity. But because of the growing use of the color pink we decided to be proactive. Girls and boys are supposed to avoid wearing pink,” Berta said Monday. None of the district’s 6,500 students have been disciplined for wearing pink, he said. Berta said the issue came up at a recent administrator’s meeting when a principal remarked that there were more students wearing pink. “Not only were there more kids wearing pink T-shirts and pink hats, but also pink shoelaces, which was unusual,” he said. Clothing retailers said pink is a popular color in current styles. “About 30 percent of my items for this season are pink. It’s ‘in.’ I have pink in every shade,” said Amanda Zipko, owner of Amanda Gayle’s boutique in Schererville.

The school authorities notice that ‘more students’ are wearing pink; so it simply must be some kind of ‘gang’ symbol. Oh, brother.

And people wonder why I call for the total abolition of public education. B.S. like this is just one small part of it.

Posted by tino at 09:57 31.03.04
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Too bad this didn’t happen on 1 April I could have given them the benefit of teh doubt and chalked it up to an April fools joke. Unfortunately the officials are all too typical morons.

Posted by: Paul M Johnson at March 31, 2004 10:58 PM

Students defy pink clothes rule

About 100 middle school students wore pink to protest restrictions imposed by school officials concerned that the color was associated with gang activity.
The protest Wednesday at Clifford Pierce Middle School resulted in mass wardrobe changes, said Principal James Joiner. Administrators made some students who wore pink shirts replace them with school T-shirts. Several students, anticipating the order to change, brought a second set of clothes to school.

Posted by: Paul M Johnson at April 1, 2004 09:27 PM

oops the URL for the above is here: http://www.indystar.com/articles/2/134247-8702-102.html

Posted by: Paul M Johnson at April 1, 2004 09:28 PM