School leaders in Lake County, Florida want to ban "extreme hairstyles, unnatural hair colors and no makeup that affects direct eye contact in the classroom" to their dress-code policy. According to Chris Patton, a schools spokesperson, doing so "will minimize disruptions in the classroom."
Do you think certain kinds of hairstyles, hair color or makeup can be a distraction? Patton believes unnatural hair colors or hairstyles might be a safety issues. Students might be teased or bullied about their hair color, while bangs that are blocking the eyes might be a "safety thing."
What do you think constitutes an extreme hairstyle, hair color or makeup? Patton notes long bangs, bright hair colors and eye-shadow "that goes way off the side of your face almost like how a rock-star would have" as distracting.
High school students from Leesberg believe that the ban will keep them from expressing themselves. If the ban is approved on August 22, students that continue to express themselves with 'extreme' hairstyles, hair color, and makeup could be banned from extracurricular activities.
To learn more about the ban, please read "No extreme hair and makeup in Lake County schools."
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