Recently a Native American boy was suspended from his Public school because of the length of his hair. Which raises the question, where is the line? I understand that some schools need dress codes to help control things like gang violence, but should public schools have the ability to deny a student their right to freely practice their religion?
Lots of religious groups have "appearance standards" or even temporary dress requirements through certain times of the year. For example, some Christian groups require women to wear long skirts. Jewish groups can require men to wear "skull caps" during "High Holiday" days. Native American beliefs can require long hair or specific jewelry. Muslim girls could be expected to wear head scarves. And even some Pagans wear blessed jewelry as a form devotion to their God/Goddess... And I'm sure there are more examples out there.
So should Public schools have the ability to force students to adhere to dress codes which go against their beliefs? And where should the line be drawn as to what is okay and what's not?Answer Question
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Answer by zoejains_momma at 10:01 AM on Apr. 2, 2011
No, they shouldn't. America was founded on the principal of freedom of religion. To discipline a child for dressing according to their religion is going against what America stands for.
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