A safe and structured learning environment is the first requirement of a good school.
Children who feel safe and secure will better learn basic American values. For some schools violence may be a minor issue. For other schools it may be a daily concern. Threats of violence can keep students away from school. To make schools, safer everyone can and must help stop the violence that goes on at school. By everyone helping we can help solve the problem.
I believe school uniforms should be required in public schools because it will help stop violence, lower cost for parents and help kids learn at school. One reason for having school uniforms is to stop violence that is goes on at schools. By having mandatory uniforms students can no longer bring weapons to school. Weapons are hard to conceal when wearing school uniforms.
“American public schools are facing violence on campus at an unprecedented rate. The National School Board Association estimates that approximately 135,000 guns are brought to America’s 85,000 public schools on a daily basis. ” (Madrid 1) When students wear street clothes they have more places to hide weapons. By wearing school uniforms fewer weapons are brought to school and school functions. When weapons aren’t brought to school the school is a safe and structured learning environment.
Students can no longer wear bagging clothes to hide weapons. Gangs usually wear bagging clothes to hide guns and drugs. The statistics say that schools having a school uniform policy have seen a decrease in crime. Long Beach Unified School District was the first large urban school district in the United States to require school uniforms. They have seen substantial decreases in crime in the past five years since they have required uniforms.
One incredible reduction was that sex offenses have decreased 93%. (Appendix B). Some schools in the United States also, require students to have clear backpacks. Students can hide weapons in backpacks too. Faculty figure in you can see through the backpack students would hide weapons in their backpacks.
Gangs who wear certain color to represent their gangs can still find ways to do represent. Gangs can wear the same color of shirts or pants. The gangs can all dress alike. Gangs will find away to represent their color.