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7 Ridiculous Things Schools Have Banned in 2012

Posted: 08/22/2012 12:07 pm

Written by Joslyn Gray for

Gosh, we like to ban things.

In recent years, we've seen schools ban everything from Silly Bandz and skinny jeans, to dictionaries and saying the word "meep." But in 2012 alone, which isn't even over yet by a long shot, a lot more things have already been banned by schools.

Some of them, I agree with. For example, the ungodly amount of sugar consumed by my kids at school on Valentine's Day. And I've got no problem with a ban on Ugg boots because a) those things are damn expensive and b) why would you want your feet to be sweaty all day at school? On the other hand, some of the bans seem way out of line. Sunblock? Hair bows?

And for God's sake, what was that Texas school thinking when it banned a Kindergartner with cerebral palsy from using her walker?

Check out 7 things that have been banned in school so far this year. Who knows what the next few months will bring?


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  • Bake Sales

    Schools in Massachusetts are barred from hosting <a href="" target="_hplink">bake sales</a> by the state's Department of Public Health and Education. First reported last March, the ban became effective August 1.

  • Bows

    Three-year-old Marcella Marino, whose father is apparently an EPIC hairstylist, wasn't allowed to rock this Gaga-esque bow for her school picture. Why? Because her school <a href="" target="_hplink">bans braids and bows</a> in their dress code. Bummer.

  • Facebook (even while not in school)

    A private, all-Jewish school in Brooklyn <a href="" target="_hplink">banned students from using Facebook</a>, even outside of school, because it is "immodest." Thirty-three students at Beis Rivkah High School were fined $100 each by the school's rabbi last March.

  • High Fives

    In June of this year, a primary school in Australia garnered jeers from parents after it <a href="" target="_hplink">banned high fives</a>, hugging or playing tiggy, basketball or football. Students caught doing any of these activities will be punished with counseling sessions. By the way, I had to Google "tiggy." It's apparently some kind of incredibly dangerous form of Australian tag. Probably involves whacking people with boomerangs or something. What? It's just tag? Oh. Well then I got nothin'.

  • Hugging

    A New Jersey school <a href="" target="_hplink">banned hugging</a> this year, after "incidents of unsuitable, physical interactions" were witnessed by teachers. Meanwhile, as Babble's <a href="" target="_hplink">Meredith Carroll</a> points out, 19 states still allow public school teachers to beat students. Yay, priorities.

  • Lee Greenwood

    OK, not the actual Lee Greenwood, just his song, "God Bless the USA." A New York City school principal <a href="" target="_hplink">banned the song</a> from a kindergarten graduation this year.

  • The acronym 'LOL'

    Students at an Atlanta-area elementary school were asked to sign a pledge agreeing not to use <a href="" target="_hplink">the acronym "LOL"</a> in their yearbook. The school later changed their policy after parents and students ridiculed the ban.

  • <strong><a href="" target="_hplink">For 8 more ridiculous things schools have banned, visit Babble!</a></strong> <br> <strong>More on Babble</strong> <br> <a href=" " target="_hplink">17 fashion trends that need to disappear this year</a> <br> <a href="" target="_hplink">22 classic novels as explained by a 6-year-old</a> <br> <a href="" target="_hplink">The 10 biggest secrets parents hide from their kids</a>


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