Weirdest School Bans in the U.S.

By Tonka Dobreva 10.08.2015 blog

From bake sales to biking — and even hugs! See some of the weirdest school bans across America:

Bake sales
Bake sales

Bake sales

In 2009, the New York City effectively banned most bakes sales from its schools, and now other states are to follow suit. Under new regulations, part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 that emerged from Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” initiative, schools have to restrict food choices according to federal nutritional standards.

Ugg boots
Ugg boots

Ugg boots

Students at Pottstown Middle School in Pa. are barred from wearing the cozy fur-lined boots in classes due to cell phone contraband. According to school policy, students are allowed to bring their phones to school but they have to be turned off and kept in their lockers during classroom time. But some students got crafty and used the roomy boots to smuggle technology into the classroom.

Silly Bandz
Silly Bandz

Silly Bandz

Schools in several states, including New York, Texas, Florida and Massachusetts, have banned the elastic bracelets, because educators say kids can't stop fiddling with, or trading, Silly Bandz in class.

Hugs
Hugs

Hugs

In 2010, West Sylvan Middle School in Portland, Ore., banned students from hugging after the principal said the embrace had become a disruption and even a bullying mechanism.

Biking
Biking

Biking

In 1994, Maple Avenue Middle School in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., passed a rule that prohibits students from cycling to and from school in an effort to keep children safe and not have children on particular roadways and areas that would be considered difficult to manage on a bicycle.

Winning
Winning

Winning

The principal of Oakdale School in Conn. banned games like soccer, dodgeball, kickball and other “body-banging” activities as a way to build skills and camaraderie rather than competition and conflict.

Christmas
Christmas

Christmas

Nichols Elementary School in Frisco, Texas, banned Christmas trees and the colors red and green from their “winter” party in an effort to avoid "offending anyone."

comments

  1. Yoloswag5000akaAliyahPenn

    I think this is rediculous. Uggs are so comfertable and the legging rule is so bizzare. Even if they did bring there phones into class, they would get into trouble (if they’re using them) one way or another.

    • edwin velez

      the ugg trick would work for girls wat about boy!

  2. CJ Parise

    i agree it’s stupid but thats what schools did so if we want to change it then talk to michell obama

  3. Robert Deisher

    Their is some dumb things they bans schools have

  4. xXAngelMaeXx

    Really I need to try the Ugg Boot trick.. I love my phone

  5. Mermaidshell

    well on my last comment i said they get hit if they are being careful, I meant they get hit if they are NOT careful
    Sorry ’bout that

  6. Mermaidshell

    The bike one is SO RIDICULOUS! I ride my bike to and from school everyday when its nice! It doesn’t change anything! Kids still walk to and from school everyday, and they only get hit if they are being really careful of fast drivers.

  7. Frankie I.

    I think that some of the things that were banned were a little ridiculous. Like the banning bake sales. This is a way for the organizations to make money, encourage people to participate, and to let the rest of the school know that the organization exists. The banning of the Uggs was another one that was ridiculous. In the northern states when it gets cold Uggs are nice to keep your feet warm. Kids will simply find other places to hide their phones. Like in long socks under the jeans.

  8. paris111

    I love bake sales. BORING!!!!!

  9. Federica H

    I believe that some of these bans are ridiculous. Like banning cupcakes or leggings, even though i was one of these schools that they banned silly bans. I think that taking away sport or banning then like soccer, football they are very interactive but some kids love them. They should not banned these types of sports kids enjoy them to play with friends and make friends to. Some of the principles should think twice before they banned them.

  10. Raul C

    I think some of these bans are ok. For example the boots, kids were hiding their phones in their boots. But banning other things like sports and bake sales is just plain stupid. Why would you ban sports kids need physical education every day. Also why would you ban bake sales it is a great way to raise money for the schools.

  11. Kayla F

    at my school it just depends on how someone looks while wearing yoga pants and leggings and i hope they dont ban cupcakes at my school:(

  12. Tera.C.

    Some of these are ridiculous, just because a few people and use an item wrong or distract everyone else with it, not everone has to be punished.

  13. Jessica H.

    This is interesting. I guess bans are necessary in some cases in order to keep children safe.

  14. xXTeamRockerXx

    I wish that some people would just accept that some girls, want to wear leggings, and if they are following the dress code, that it okay, they can wear leggings, all they want. And banning cupcakes?! How is that good? They try to make schools healthier and cupcakes are like a treat to them 🙂 no need to ban goodies!

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