Editorial: Drawing the line


Craig Editorial Board, Jan. to March 2012

  • Al Cashion, community representative
  • Jeff Pleasant, community representative
  • Bryce Jacobson, newspaper representative
  • Bridget Manley, newspaper representative
  • Chris Nichols, community representative
  • Josh Roberts, newspaper representative

Our View

The Editorial Board doesn’t have a problem with school administrators taking a tough stand on the now infamous ‘boobies’ bracelets. However, it’s ironic they made a fuss about the bracelets but allow some other shabby dress standards to go without issue. If anything, administrators need to set a standard for appropriate dress that doesn’t allow for students looking like they’re at a shopping mall.

With pressing concerns like sagging test scores and decimated budgets, our Moffat County School District administrators were pressed into action this week.

Not to address either of those two important issues mind you, but rather to solve the complexities of whether students will be allowed to wear little rubber bracelets.

Specifically, cancer awareness bracelets that read “I (heart) boobies! Keep a Breast Alive!”

Apparently, some school administrators kept students from wearing the bracelets because they felt the language was inappropriate.

This action drew the attention of the American Civil Liberties Union, which sent a letter to the school district requesting the alleged bracelet ban be lifted because such a ban would violate students’ First Amendment rights.

The school district is now allowing students to wear the bracelets, according to a statement released Friday.

The Editorial Board doesn’t have a problem with the district’s original stance — formal or not — on the bracelets.

While the bracelets represent a positive and worthy message, they are cleverly branded and attention grabbing and could disrupt the real purpose of school — student learning.

However, the Editorial Board also Contends the school district’s stance on the bracelet ban would have carried more weight if the district took student dress more seriously. As it stands now, there are students who wear questionable things all the time to school.

Take Moffat County High School, for example.

Visit the school and you’ll see students wearing ball caps. Apparently these hats are allowed, though the reasons why escape the Editorial Board.

It should be noted that the principal at MCHS, Thom Schnellinger, recently wrote a letter to the editor of the school’s newspaper, The Blueprint, outlining his reasons against the bracelets.

Perhaps people could take his message a bit more seriously if the students in his hallways were held to a dress standard befitting of an academic institution rather than a shopping mall.

School, the Editorial Board contends, is a place for students to prepare for the real world.

In the real world, most people have an employer and like it or not, that employer has a say in how his or her employees present themselves to the public.

There is a standard to adhere to, and most of the time hats aren’t part of that standard, something that perhaps escapes the MCHS administration, and neither are bracelets like the kind at issue.

Don’t confuse our message. No one is being a fashion critic here and students should be free to express themselves how they choose, but on their own time.

At school, they are preparing for tomorrow, for their futures in the workplace, and they should be held to a certain expectation.

Drawing a line at the bracelets was the right thing to do for the school district, no matter what the ACLU contends.

It’s just a shame that same stance hasn’t been drawn more often in the past, that way students have an idea what the actual boundaries are.

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John Kinkaid 5 years, 11 months ago

The ACLU has intimidated school districts for the better part of my life. Legal action is threatened and districts collapse.

Based on the ACLU's position, it would seem that the new stardard for a dress code is that there is no standard. The first amendment means that a boy can come to school with no shirt and whatever words printed on his chest and back and not be turned away. It's free speech.

The Moffat County School District dress code is policy 5510, but I think that it was just waded up and thrown away.

It would seem that now there is effectively no standard. Some would argue that there is a general correlation between how you dress and how you perform. Test scores or work.

Why does the bar keep getting lowered?

Policy 5510 has no meaning. Might want to go to uniforms.

Always glad to hear opposing arguments.


kathleenpost 5 years, 11 months ago

If there as a simple dress code as in jeans and shirt lets say,it would relieve alot of things financially for familys and make students look to school work more and not what so and so looks .It was some of my worst times in school,trying to figure out what to wear that morning and sometimes being made fun of for a dumb thing etc.


native_craig_guy 5 years, 11 months ago

The editorial board sure went out on some limbs on this one. Calling the school principal a hypocrite because they allow baseball caps? What about the obvious hypocrisy about a "newspaper" not having a problem with an organization supposedly inhibiting "free speech". Thom is doing a great job and shouldn't have to be ridiculed in the "newspaper". I already feel sorry for him over the bs that is going to be flying after parents and students can't behave accordingly at the commencement tomorrow. Because it is obviously his fault that people in this community have no respect for rules, or common decency.


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