Why are Hats not allowed in School?


hats-447336_640Why are hats not allowed in school?

I can remember being in middle school and high school and always wanting to be able to wear a hat while I was walking through the hallways or sitting in class. To this day, I have always been a really big fan of wearing different types of hats whenever I go out, so it was no different when I would show up in the morning for school. I think the ban on hats has been around for as long as there have been schools, but I feel the reasoning behind the ban is pretty accurate, especially with all of the drama and violence that we tend to hear about going on with today’s youth.

One of the main reasons why kids are not allowed to wear hats in school anymore is the fact that the hats could be hiding a weapon or drugs which would definitely not be a good thing for the other kids or teachers in the building. It really is a shame that this is what people need to watch out for these days in our schools. It seems that this issue has not been going on for very long in the school system, but it is definitely starting to pick up the pace as more and more kids react with violence towards their fellow students.

I am all for the ban of wearing hats in today’s schools and feel that the safer that each and every child is, the better it will be for everyone in the long run. I think that we should also eventually look into installing metal detectors in all of the schools as well because you really can’t be overly safe these days. It hurts to think about children causing such violence like we have all seen on TV over the past few years, but the threat is very real and should not ever be taken lightly.

Author: radan

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  1. Amy Branham

    February 23, 2011 5:37 pm

    I think that metal detectars should be put in all schools becsause it will help keep the area, school, students, and staff safe from any harmful danger. I love your artical and hope to hear some more about the worlds problems! Though i dont like the idea of keeping the rule of banding hats in school.I just dont get why we cant wear them outside where it is hot and cold.If it is cold and students cant pull thier hoody/hat over thie head it may cause them to get sick and miss school.There for, it may cause them to fall behind in school and make their grade drop.Plus if hot outside and with no hat on it may cause you to smell or have a stinch,which teachers do complain about, and blame it on us for not taking care of our personal hygine. Please consider my imput and email me back.

    Thanks for you time,
    Amy Branham

    • Cody

      April 18, 2011 3:06 pm

      I understand your example of why hats are not allowed in schools, but also it used to be in about the 1700’s, almost everyone war hats everywhere, and not wearing them in school showed respect. It is odd though how they let people wear them to sporting events but yet not allowed during school hours.

    • justin

      April 18, 2012 1:54 pm

      all u r doing are makeing kids look like killers geting all pumpd up thinking kid cant go kill a kid out side of school i went to a school with metal detectars id dident help nothing

    • Leif

      October 8, 2012 12:14 am

      I agree, i am a kid in north kitsap junior high and i hate the rule about no hats. mater of fact im going to do something about it. look in the kitsap sun for the next 3 months… i will, and i mean will, be in it.

    • Chris W

      December 31, 2012 11:12 pm

      Another reason is that wearing hats in buildings is very disrespectful. Wearing hats can also increase the rate of cheating in school exams especially with baseball caps, because students can write their answers underneath the hat.

      • colten

        January 15, 2013 9:42 am

        disagree i a able to wear hats in school but during test you have to take them off and put theem under your desk and at lunch and in the presence of the principle so that goes out the window js

    • Jordan

      March 12, 2013 11:09 pm

      Exactly ,if people wanted to hide something like seriously they have a giant book-bag that no one decides to check. Why take the trouble of hiding it anywhere else.

      • Jordan

        December 23, 2013 10:42 am

        So I finally got the chance to say something about this at my school. Fist the assistant principal agreed with me, then he recomended that I talk to the principal at the high school of my school corp. So I sent him an email. What I got back kind of threw me off because he didn’t really care about all those things, his only reason was “in the real world hats aren’t always allowed but in some places they are required. That’s why we all have to deal with the fact they aren’t allowed.” He also mentioned I had some good reasons for wearing ’em. I still wear them in school until a teacher tells me to take it off. Ever since I started doing that I have noticed how many people are wearing hats in class and in the hallway as if it were normal. I don’t know how this will turn out but right now I’m pretty happy with it. 🙂

        • seantaya

          November 4, 2016 11:17 am

          hey so what were your reasons for wearing hats in school because i think i might protest this.So please write back soon my name is seantaya and i live in Washington. I hate getting called out for wearing my hat in class or in a hallway.

  2. AuroraSjoholm

    March 4, 2011 3:45 pm

    they should put metal detectars in school… but i think we should be able to were hats at school
    they dont let us were hats at our school…

    I bught a head band with a hat on it and I wore it to school… aperantly it is consiterd as a hats
    so one of the teachers took it away and I had to talk them into giving it back 🙁

  3. kris

    March 22, 2011 4:29 pm

    Weapons can be concealed in pockets, backpacks, any article of clothing, butt cheeks, or even hands… That is a complete absurd reason to ban hats.

    • bob

      February 17, 2012 10:00 am

      i totally agree…whenever i ask someone why you shouldnt wear a hat they say they “i dont know, its just what i was told to do”

  4. Benjamin

    April 13, 2011 3:44 pm

    I would agree that it is possible for a kid to be concealing a weapon or drugs in a hat, but at the same time, we are allowed to wear backpacks everywhere we go. We are allowed to have pockets. We are allowed to carry bags/purses/whatever. We are allowed to wear pants. I could easily hide some sort of weapon in my pants (not even in the pockets) if I really wanted to. Or I could put it in my backpack, or in my pocket… The argument that a student could be concealing something illegal is just completely ludicrous. It is possible, but if one uses that logic, one would require all students to go through a search as if going onto an airplane.

  5. maria

    April 27, 2011 3:03 pm

    this is really good. i used it for a spanish project and it really helped. i agree with everything.

  6. jess

    January 10, 2012 11:53 pm

    ..if we resort to putting metal detectors in schools, students will feel as if they are all criminals. it would be a waste of time and money..also, it will be a new challenge for students to overcome (getting drugs or other dangerous items through the front door) and would more than likely increase the prohibited items being brought into schools. thats just my opinion.

  7. Luke

    February 15, 2012 6:31 pm

    Wwwwwwhy would anyone put drugs or weapons in their hat when they have BACKPACK? There is a lot more room for hiding things in a pack than in a hat! Are schools going to be banning backpacks soon too? Will we have to carry everything in our hands? Will we all have to go to school naked so that we can’t hide drugs in our shoes, pants, or jacket? “Ability to hide things” is probably the most ridiculous excuse I have heard when it comes to banning hats in school.

  8. Ron

    March 12, 2012 5:46 pm

    If you want to hide drugs in your hat, you are a complete idiot. You hide drugs in really big jackets and pants. Also weapons. Really? In hats? Last time I checked, kids arent walking around wereing top hats and sombreros, which are probably the only hats you could hide anything in. You can just hide weapons in your sleeves so you can pop them out quick. And metal detectors! Are you freking kidding me. Many schools require kids to have binders, and those have metal rings. Kids can make weapons at school as well, so putting metal detecotrs in won’t help. plus, bombs would be a much bigger problem than wepons, and schools couldnt have bomb sniffing dogs around due to allergys. Seriously people. Kids get beat up all the time with fists, so are schools gonna require handcuffs on all children! Honestly, there is no reason to ban hats. Like Cornelia Funke said in her book, The Thief Lord, Adults are like butterflys they have forgotten what it is like to be a caterpillar.

  9. Invidia

    March 13, 2012 11:03 pm

    You can hide weapons and drugs in underwear too. Clearly, we should ban underwear in schools. And pants. And shirts. Etc.

  10. Curious Mew

    March 30, 2012 9:19 am

    I used to wear a hat in high school because of weather reasons, not because i wanted to cause trouble. Yet there was always that special somebody who made it their job to catch you wearing it for 1 minute that often ticked me off. I even remember wanting to wear it, just to tick them off.

    All I can say is; if you ever come into contact with one, be prepared to take on a whole new level of aggression. They are so utterly stuck up about it, they will convict you for treason right on-the-spot.

    “TAKE THAT HAT OFF NOW or you’re going TO THE PRINCIPAL’s OFFICE!!!!!” It’s like holy crap mister, calm down! I’m innocent!

  11. Joe

    April 16, 2012 7:42 pm

    Excuse me? Metal detectors in a school? Are we really trying to make schools a prison or something? Thats a joke, metal detecors are expensive and will make kids hate school even more.

  12. T

    October 23, 2012 11:43 pm

    This article and the thread of posts was really fascinating. My son is in elementary school, and the school sent out an email today that included a “new school rule!” for no hats. I understand that wearing hats indoors has been considered disrespectful in certain circles for eons (although ok for women? I’d love to know the history behind this and plan to research it further). I didn’t realize hats could denote a gang affiliation. On another thread I was reading, someone pointed out that wearing a hat can obstruct the view of the person behind them. I can see how wearing a hat pulled down low or a hoodie pulled over most of one’s face could hinder meaningful interaction and learning. The issue with concealing weapons is just silly, and the comments on that one were really entertaining! My gut feeling on this, though, is that it should be ok to wear hats in school and that hat wearing should be dealt with case by case. If it causes a disruption, the hat comes off vs. a general rule about it. The “respect” issue is an antiquated one and really ought to be a nonissue here in the 21st century. I liked the comment from the person who said they wanted to wear a hat just to tick authorities off, because I would also, and herein for me lies the crux of the situation: When the rule feels arbitrary, smart people have trouble buying into it. Some might choose not to fight that battle and just let it go; others will feel particularly invested in it because, well, maybe they really like hats! I know I love wearing my baseball caps, fedoras, beanies, etc., and wear them frequently indoors and out (maybe b/c my mom had a hat shop?). When I got the email from the school this morning, I immediately sounded off on the district message board for parents to voice their opinions, as well as emailing the front desk to ask who decided on this rule. When something is simply handed down from on high with no reason given, other than it’s a “new school rule,” this just irks me to no end and is just a further example of the worst that public schools can be, little wage slave factories that create citizens who don’t think for themselves and play by the rules without questioning them. By the way, I hold an elementary education degree but chose to taught at an alternative school, seeing that many public schools sell their kids short. Ok, getting off the soapbox now! 🙂

    • Evelyn

      February 13, 2013 9:29 am

      Well Put!!!! I agree completely with you and am getting tired of school authorities bullying the kids. My son has just been suspended for wearing a hat indoors (in the hallway, not class) and was refused to be able to see the principal to discuss getting his hat back. I feel that many (not all) teachers, principals, secretaries etc. show no respect to the kids. We as adults are suppose to show by example. If we treat the kids in condescending ways how do we expect them to have respect for the authorities. If you look at the teachers that treat the kids well, they are usually also respected by the kids. If it is such a problem then why are you allowed to wear hats in colleges and universities? I think it is just an excuse to try to control kids and feel superior over them. Treat them like adults and they will act like adults!

  13. John Jacob Jacoheimer

    December 7, 2012 3:04 am

    Why not ban muslim girls from wearing hijabs then? Oh it’s there religious beliefs right? Well what if my religious beliefs say that I am suppose to wear a hat if it makes me feel happy ?

  14. daniel james ackley

    December 10, 2012 10:54 am

    Schools must make exceptions for students with certain religious beliefs. Some people that treat sports as a religion. there for this rule is no longer enforceable so it should be repealed.

    P. S. You have to think like a lawyer when you deal with this kind of thing.

  15. Ian Hoadley

    December 28, 2012 2:14 am

    Do adults honestly believe I’m going to walk around with a knife in my hat? I could just as easily put one in my underwear! Will they ban underwear too? This is ludicrous! The same goes for coats/jackets, most of us wear them because we’re cold! Why ban hats? Why!?

  16. Anonymous

    February 5, 2013 8:37 pm

    I am currently writing a debate for my Language Art class, so this article proves some help.
    Hats are not allowed in schools because they may inflame sport rivalries, depict religious figures, or include an offensive/gang related logo that can get the wearer into a lot of trouble.
    Also, since school is considered a government building, the normal procedure while being in a government building is to remove your hat as to show a sign of respect. Another point to add here is that you should also follow the school policy, as wearing hats may be against it.
    Hats can also prove as a method for cheating, as you can conceal an answer sheet within it.
    Now, after reading your article, the only point I have to disagree with is the metal detectors. Many students wear metal belts, wallets, and/or may be carrying a zipper that consists of metal on a backpack. This could dramatically delay a student to their class, as I know some people that live far away from school and barely make it to school on time in the morning. How would you like it to remove a belt, put it in a box, and put it back on? The process could take up to five minutes. School budgets also don’t have enough money to waste on metal detectors, as well.
    That’s all I have to say for now.

  17. Greg Knott

    April 2, 2013 1:09 pm

    Honestly I don’t care… If someone asked me to take my hat off I wouldn’t… I have a right to wear what ever I wanted… Except exposing myself, I’d walk out of the classroom before I’d take my hat off!!!

  18. Jon

    October 19, 2017 9:47 am

    Looks like we need to start banning sweatshirts because I can put drugs in the pockets. Shoes? Perfect place to put my pot. Be gone with you! See how inane it sounds that drugs and weapons are a good reason to ban clothing. I could just as easily petition to only allow kids to wear pants with no pockets because I can hide a knife in a pocket. If anything your hat will be distinctive of who you are, not hide your identity. There is no valid reason to ban them aside from the same reasons pants should be banned


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