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Dave Weinfurtner

Hey Cynthia:
I am the person who had some conversations with you and Curtis about feeling the spirit of Christmas last year without the weather being cold. I watch your 5 and 6 newscasts every night. By the time 10:00 P.M. comes, I am in bed.

I graduated 40 years ago from high school and the worst things that were going on in class were shooting spitballs and talking in class. Now it is a lot worse. When I went to high school, we knew which teachers were the lean ones and which ones were the "mean" ones. If we didn't do our homework, we really got it from the "mean" ones.
Truly that discipline has helped me in my life today as I have severe heart valvular damage and probably would not be around if I did not have that discipline. That discipline truly was good for me.

Pete

East Beauregard Censers Eagle

Here we go, another school year and they're at it again..Asst. Principal Ernie Bertrand trying to run East Beau as a military camp, but forgetting what the military stands for.. That would be a free America.

I’ve issued this challenge several times in the past and every time the challenged is answered with silence.. Silence is golden, but it is also understood.. That challenge:: Let any veteran from any war that fought for the right to place free Americans in a government ran facility and put them in uniforms against their will please step forward.. Not one vet that risked life and limb on any distant shore will admit publicly that dishonor to the forefathers or this country…

Now on top of the uniform fiasco we have four students (to my knowledge, only four) punished with in school suspension for displaying the American Eagle on their uniforms.. What does Mr. Bertrand and the East Beau administration officers teach in ISS??? Could it be the Goose Step??

What I’ve read in the student handbook is rule by intimidation.. Who’s the terrorist here??? First they try to install fear into the very core of our children, but on top of that they threaten parents with court for tardiness.. Bertrand’s words (as repeated to me) were along the lines of I hope it embarrasses both you AND your parents when you have to go to court for tardiness.. Not a joke in my book..

I think it’s high time that both parents and students hold their heads high and inform the school board that We Are Not Afraid Of YOU…

I have no children in school anymore, but one fact I can share with you is there is no way my generation would've conformed to a uniform policy and we would not have allowed the government to place our children in them either.. Don't you feel you owe your children the same respect??? Have the children of the Woodstock generation turned their back on the freedoms we stood for??? Woodstock was more than a concert.. It was a cry for freedom that still stands tall in history.. Not quite as big as the tea party in Boston, but then again who knows where it will stand a hundred years from now.. Will it be allowed in the history books or will it disappear as did the pictures of the uniformed class in the communist countries in our history books???

If anything our children should be Students Of A Free America… S.O.F.A.
Thanks and Peace.. Pete


Pete

Censor... Eye surgery and spell check missed this one

Idiot Locater

Pete.....your an idiot. You must truly have no life. Find something else to harp on besides the petty subject of school uniforms. If your kids/grandkids can't/won't conform to the rules, then homeschool them. Many parents are thankful that they don't have to spend a fortune every school year buying overpriced name brand clothes that their kids will have torn up in a few weeks anyway.

Pete's Grand daughter

If you haven't noticed school uniforms are more expensive than brand named clothes these day. That's your choice if you go and buy expensive clothes. There is still a store called Wal-Mart that sells clothes. Second of all he is right about the military camp going on at East Beau. They tell you what you can and can't do and if you do it wrong it's get down and give me 20. I am a student there and all they care about is the uniforms, cell phones, and tardiness. I understand completely about being tardy to class but not to give them in school suspension about a little eagle on their piece of clothing. Then for having six tardy's you go to court. The cell phones are another thing they are worried about. Tell me what it matters if we have a cell phone at school if all they worry about is uniforms all the time. Yes I understand about not being able to talk in class but there is lunch/recess and the bus. Next they're going to tell us what under garments we can and can't wear. Another good question is what is taught at the Alternative School? Besides push-ups and sit ups. What do they learn there because from what I understand that's our school for the kids that get in trouble everyday and need help. Who's there for them? I believe in being a S.O.F.A.

Mary Berry

Pete's granddaughter sounds a mite spoiled. "Students of a Free America" sounds good, but those students need to realize that while there are freedoms, there are also rules. While there are privileges, there are also responsibilities. If not being able to talk on your cell phone while at school is your biggest concern, boy are you living the easy life! We made it through school in the 1980's without cell phones, etc. and survived just fine. It's one thing to expect freedoms, but it's another thing to demand being able to use your cell phone while at lunch! These concerns say nothing except that these kids are so spoiled rotten that they will never appreciate anything, will never care to work for anything they want, and will certainly never appreciate or acknowledge the many freedoms they certainly do have. It makes me sick. I would like to hear that the students are going back to school anxious to see their friends and get back on track to continuing their educations safely and completely so that they can become productive citizens of society someday. Cynthia sounds like she's got the right idea where her kids are concerned, and her worries are absolutely legitimate (as opposed to others on this post).

Pete

Mary, you might want to reread the young ladies comment.. Her concern was not the cell, that was a question.. Her concern was the stupidity of the uniform policy, the push-ups and military treatment for infractions.. The cell phone issue was a matter of basic harassment.. She was wondering how a cell in your locker or turned off disrupts class. I wonder that my self..
While there are freedoms there are rules, yes, but those rules should not come in conflict with the rules of our forefathers that are taught in class (education). ,, While there are privileges they come with responsibility. No kidding, we were blessed with the privilege of having these children and it is our responsibility to dress them, not the states.. The state should never in a free America mandate its citizens wardrobe.. As taxpayer we pay for education and all that goes with it.. Building, busses, staff and tools.. A cell phone can be a tool if used properly.. Just as a computer it has a down side, but as a kid in the 60's my teachers were concerned with calculators.. Oh yeah, our tax dollars also pay for the phone at school.. What give the school the right to charge the kids a quarter to use my phone.. Then we have countless dollars in student fees for whatever.. With all the money parents shell out they and only they should be able to tell their child what to wear...

I haven't forgot you locator, but haven't had the time to give proper response.. However you might want to pay close attention to where the other three fingers are pointing.. Or maybe you have already been guaranteed a part in your own real men of genius commercial.... Peace Pete

Braylin Jenkins

Hello Mrs. Arceneaux, it was great to see you and your co-workers tonight at Muller's Lofts. I am not sure if I agreed with Natalies assignment (sweating it out), but I know it takes hard work to make something of yourself. I attend LaGrange and am the President of two clubs. I have to say that former LC-B students and LaGrange students blend in great together. The halls are over packed and I hope they extend the time that it takes to go to your next class, but all is well. Thank you.

Pete

Before I get to you my locator friend I want to add a P. S to Mary..
Back in 72 I had a friend named Mary Vasary and she married her beau Larry Berry so she became Mary Vasary Berry, but it don't end there.. They had twins, Perry and Jerry then a third, Carrie..

Mary this is the section of Cynthia's blog that makes her whole point.

(Yes, there's a lot more for us to talk about these days with our children of the 21st century. And keeping open the lines of communication has never been more important. That's my daily prayer, especially as we embark upon a new school year, that we as parents learn to listen to our children, and to truly know the value of talking with them and not just talking "at" them).....

How can you suggest I oppose it. My issue in the trivial things like uniforms and cells is exactly what she is referring to.. Talking at then instead of listening to them.. When you ignore what is bothering the kids and then substitute your personal concerns you are not hearing them, you are hearing you own views..

Think about it Mary, if a kid can't turn to you on small things that are so important to who they are why should they turn to you on things that worry you.. You have already denied them and let them down..

OK locator, for now I feel it safe to assume that you are not that one lonely vet that stands on a soapbox shouting that you fought to put Americans in uniforms.. So I have to ask when did cost or convenience become a right.. I really don't think the forefathers of this country ever considered convenience when they penned those treasured documents..

Homeschooling does nothing in protecting my tax dollars.. I pay for education, not I can't teach because excuses.. If the fool board turned all the kids into completely compliant robots then we have a future of clones.. Tell me how many fortunes were made by conformists??? None.. From Jesus to Gates all things worth teaching (not religion,,, (the 3 r's are readin ritin and rithmatic.. not religion), but all things were pioneered by non conformists.. I've often in my posts used the term fool board, but that does not mean i see them as the fools.. The fools are the ones the fool board is fooling into believing they have more power than the parents... Parents can and do have the right to stand up for their kids and just say no... There are plenty of those initial groups out there for help, but the parents have to do it not the grandparents.. Our generation was movers and shakers, but it looks as though we have stepped aside for boot lickers and quakers (again not the religion) When the board comes up with anything that has nothing to do with education the people should say hell no and stand up for their kids, our future.. Why should Students Of a Free America be placed in uniforms against their will just as a criminal that has had their rights stripped from them??? Convicts and students treated the same puzzles me..

Anyway enough for now... Peace Pete

Pete's Grand Daughter

Way to go papa! Thanks for listening to what i said.

old school rocks

Pete, thanks for listening and thanks for caring.. Funny how these words from 1970 still ring so true today..

Monster/Suicide/America... Steppenwolf ( John Kay, Jerry Edmonton, Nick St. Nicholas and Larry Byrom) 1970

Once the religious, the hunted and weary
Chasing the promise of freedom and hope
Came to this country to build a new vision
Far from the reaches of kingdom and pope
Like good Christians, some would burn the witches
Later some got slaves to gather riches

But still from near and far to seek America
They came by thousands to court the wild
And she just patiently smiled and bore a child
To be their spirit and guiding light

And once the ties with the crown had been broken
Westward in saddle and wagon it went
And 'til the railroad linked ocean to ocean
Many the lives which had come to an end
While we bullied, stole and bought our a homeland
We began the slaughter of the red man

But still from near and far to seek America
They came by thousands to court the wild
And she just patiently smiled and bore a child
To be their spirit and guiding light

The blue and grey they stomped it
They kicked it just like a dog
And when the war over
They stuffed it just like a hog

And though the past has it's share of injustice
Kind was the spirit in many a way
But it's protectors and friends have been sleeping
Now it's a monster and will not obey
The spirit was freedom and justice
And it's keepers seem generous and kind
It's leaders were supposed to serve the country
But now they won't pay it no mind
'Cause the people grew fat and got lazy
And now their vote is a meaningless joke
They babble about law and order
But it's all just an echo of what they've been told
Yeah, there's a monster on the loose
It's got our heads into a noose
And it just sits there watchin'

Our cities have turned into jungles
And corruption is stranglin' the land
The police force is watching the people
And the people just can't understand
We don't know how to mind our own business
'Cause the whole worlds got to be just like us
Now we are fighting a war over there
No matter who's the winner
We can't pay the cost
'Cause there's a monster on the loose
It's got our heads into a noose
And it just sits there watching

America where are you now?
Don't you care about your sons and daughters?
Don't you know we need you now
We can't fight alone against the monster

America where are you now?
Don't you care about your sons and daughters?
Don't you know we need you now
We can't fight alone against the monster

America where are you now?
Don't you care about your sons and daughters?
Don't you know we need you now
We can't fight alone against the monster

Vic

I've noticed that Pete expresses an opinion on EVERTHING, and it's great that we all have a forum where we can share our opinions. I think it's great that Pete partakes of this freedom. I noticed "Pete's granddaughter also chimed in on this one, and she not only took it upon herself to lecture parents on where to purchase their children's clothing but to also castigate them if they buy their children's clothing from somewhere other that Wal-Mart. (Does she work on commisison by any chance?) I take exception to her adamant statement that East Beauregard is a "military camp." It is a SCHOOL with school officials responsible for the care AND well-being AND education of all of OUR children. She seems to take exception to the fact that "They tell you what you can and can't do..." and to the fact that they enforce the written policies regarding uniforms, cell phones, and tardiness. If it is policy, it is in writing, and the students are well aware of what is permitted and what is not and also of the consequences of violating the policy. Just like in the "real world," there are laws that must be upheld and consequences that must be suffered if they are not. I agree with talking TO your children rather that AT them, but I don't think you are doing them or the rest of us any favors if they are not taught to respect authority and rules, whether they are rules implemented by their school, society, or the government. I understand the issues with being forced to wear school uniforms, but I don't hear anyone complaining when they have to wear a uniform to work. This is another way of preparing them for life outside of school, and there are a million ways other than the clothes they wear from 8-3 Monday through Friday to express themselves. I don't profess to have any argument regarding cell phone use, but as I don't work in the schools, I presume that the administration has good reason for banning them. For one thing, I fully agree that they are not necessary at school. When I send my children to school each day, I expect them to obtain an education, build their social skills, and build relationships - end of story! Regardless of any policies implemented at our local school, MY children ARE students of a free America, and they are lucky to be here and to be able to exercise all of the privileges they have and are expected to do so responsibly.

Kathi

Well I am a Mother of 3 boys who attend Deridder Schools.I also am an Navy veteran and I totally agree with Pete. Hi Pete! The Uniforms the Beauregard parish schools make our children wear seems a bit on the communist side.My youngest son Chris was given Saturday detention for not having his shirt tucked in while exiting the bus that my tax dollars pay for. Oh yes the principal found it necissary to call me at work to let me know this......ridicules!

old school rocks

Looks like even country girls sang about what the Home of The Brave was all about. Hey you couldn't stop freedom of expression in 65 they can't stop it now.. .. Don't make me go Harper Valley PTA on you.. Old School rocks on

Home Of The Brave
Jody Miller
(B. Mann-C. Weil)

The school board says "he can't come to school, no more"
unless he wears his hair like he wore it before.
The PTA and all the mothers, say he ought to look like the others.

Home of the brave, land of the free
why won't you let him be what he wants to be

The kids all laugh at his hair and funny clothes.
And more than once he's gone home with a bloody nose
he's not like them and they can't ignore it. So they all hate him for it.

Home of the brave, land of the free
why won't you let him be what he wants to be

It really burns me up, when they put him down
He's the only one whose saying something in this whole town
Instead of those the trouble they hand him, why don't they try to understand him.

Home of the brave, land of the free
why won't you let him be what he wants to be
he never hurt nobody,
why won't you let him be what he wants to be
he just a little bit different.
why won't you let him be what he wants to be
You got to understand him.
why won't you let him be what he wants to be

Pete

Vic, Vic, Vic,, It appears that you too are not the Vet that can prove me wrong so you attempt to attack a young lady that is the voice of our future.. What needs to be pointed out to you is her remarks about wal-mart.. (no she does not work there).. I'd ask you to go back and read them, but it is so much easier to copy and paste ( If you haven't noticed school uniforms are more expensive than brand named clothes these day. That's your choice if you go and buy expensive clothes. There is still a store called Wal-Mart that sells clothes).. I'm not sure what you're reading, but what i see is a comment about choice.. Choice as to buy at high dollar or save at low dollar..Where's the lecture or the attempt to castigate anyone???

You're words puzzle me ( " I take exception to her adamant statement that East Beauregard is a "military camp." ) Again where did that come from??? Her words (Second of all he is right about the military camp going on at East Beau. They tell you what you can and can't do and if you do it wrong it's get down and give me 20) Vic, the he is right, came from MY words.. Boot camp has the what's your dirt doin in my hole mentality.. The DI gives the drop and give me 20 attitude.. Not our public school system.. There are many ways to correct a child for infractions, but putting their face in the dirt is not one of them..

As for the uniform policy in Beauregard.. The parents opposed it, but the board did it anyway, by holding a backdoor vote.. I ask you Vic, when did our kids ask to be put in the same category as the convict??? The con at least was stripped of their rights before being placed in their uniform.. All other uniform wearers are either voluntary (Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, etc) or they are PAID to wear them.. From the cashier at Micky D's to the police and the military.. They are paid to wear them.. Even the school board maintenance dept gets paid to wear their shirts that are also furnished by the school board.. If you're truly concerned in getting them ready for the future, then let it be through education, not bullying... Vic, I want it understood that I'm not accusing or assuming you support uniforms.. My comments are about your support of the rules surrounding this folly.. Clothes make a man, but they won't stop his education... A square shirt tail does not need tucked in, A Nike swoosh on a kids socks showing above his Nike shoes should not be an infraction. Belts should not be mandatory.. The color of a kids shirt or the cut of their jeans will not cut off circulation to their brain.. The uniform policy is just a display of power by the school board.. If uniforms were truly a link to academic genius then all of our finest minds would be Amish..

The cell phone is another issue.. You are right about that. The big shots do have a good reason for banning them.. again that reason is power.. They don't want information of any abuse of power getting out before they have time to put their spin on it... Cells turned off present no problems.. Cells left on and disrupt class gets a unexcused absence and a trip to the library after the whole class stops everything and listens to the conversation..

As long as your kids or my grandkids start their morning off with a lie, then they are not S.O.F.A.'s.. That lie. With liberty and Justice for ALL, you'll notice the pledge says all, not some, or the teachers, but all.. Liberty is freedom.. The freedom our forefathers fought for, and died for.. That freedom would include wardrobe... Justice.. Well we can forget about that, there is no justice in a dictatorship..

We got by just fine with the rules we had and we also produced the best of the best the world has ever seen.. If those rules were good enough for us then, then they're good enough for our kids now.. More rules add up to more infractions, and less time spent on education...

Kathi, Hi and welcome aboard Sailor.. You ol Constitution defender you.. .. Thanks and Peace Pete


JH

I am a parent of East Beauregard Children, elementary & high school. I am a supporter of uniforms, but I do think it has gotten way out of hand.
I have been a substitute teacher at EB and have seen the good and bad sides of the uniform policy. I think that the majority of the time it serves the purpose of the problem of sagging pants, too short skirts & shorts, and tacky, crude shirts.
On the other hand, taking off shoes to check socks is a bit ridiculous.
I believe that if all parents actually read the entire dress code BEFORE they bought uniforms, this whole matter of butterflies & logos would not even be in question. It plainly states, "no logos" If the parents just went to Walmart, a school uniform shop, or even J.C. Penneys(where they have stylish pants, shorts, & shirts with no logos showing) to buy uniforms, they wouldn't have a problem. They went to American Eagle, Old Navy, etc. and paid way more money than at the above mentioned stores for clothes that match the colors for school uniforms. Then they want to gripe whent their children get in trouble for the logo issue. Give me a break. You should have bought what was approved, saved yourself a lot of money and a lot of hassle.
NOW - I don't think anyone should criticize the school administration if they don't have a suggestion - a practical, workable, suggestion.
My suggestion - For the students who don't have any dress code violations during the week, no strikes or behavior violations during the week, allow them to have non-uniform day on Fridays. They must still follow the rules as far as shirts tucked in, no short skirts or shorts, no sagging pants, no rude t-shirts. I think this would go a long way in encouraging & rewarding good behavior instead of seeing and hearing all the hype about bad behavior.
My main concern is that the teachers are spending so much time enforcing dress codes, doing paperwork for write-ups, paperwork for their regular schoolwork, lesson plans, I don't see how they can have adequate time to teach. Let the teachers teach - that's what they want to do!
Now - one more subject - I hate the stupid rule about the mesh or clear backpacks. What exactly is it solving? Girls are allowed to carry purses that are bigger than any backpack I've ever seen! Their excuse is girls need to carry a purse for personal products. Why couldn't they get what they need out of their locker and go to the restroom? No purse! If they didn't have to carry mesh or clear backpacks, they wouldn't need to carry a purse. They could carry what they need in their backpack, right?
What is a clear or mesh backpack keeping out of school that a purse can't bring into school? Someone answer that for me!

CLC

I would like to commend Paulette Barrett for calling the meeting on uniforms. I am so tired of the teachers and principals of both the Jr.High-High School and Elementary thinking that they are our kids parents. The last time I checked, I gave birth to my 2 kids that attend that school. Who cares if someone has a logo on a uniform, or a shirt came untucked while out to recess or gym. Ask them to fix it and let it go. My child had better NEVER come home and tell me the principal or a teacher made them take their shoes off to check their socks. I will NOT tolerate that. They need to worry about our kids education and better school equipment. NOT what kid is wearing what today. Just to let you other East Beauregaurd parents out there know, they want to finger print our kids and use their finger prints to pay for lunches. I DONT THINK SO. MINE WILL NOT PARTICIPATE IN THAT!!! AT THE MEETING ON 9/4/07 I personally know of 2 school board members who bald face lied about even knowing what that was. They claim they never heard of it. Im with Pete and the rest of the parents. OUT with the UNIFORMS and back to regular street clothes. That way atleast we can just buy regular clothes for home and school. NOT 2 different wardrobes. God Bless Us All because they(principals) sure want to act like they are running a military camp for disobient kids. The last time I checked, we are in AMERICA...LAND OF THE FREE!!!! Or is it????

Emily

I think that a teacher dress-code needs to be implemented. The female teachers are showing too much cleavage and are dressing in clothes that are too tight. They want to talk about a student without a belt being a distraction - imagine the distractions the 15 year old boys are facing!

Alumni

According to an article by KPLC..."Reynaud was one of the main feeder schools for Lake Charles Boston high, the high school that was closed this past summer because of its low performance scores. Ironically LCB had the second highest growth rate in the parish and exceeded it's growth target. The school would have even been eligible for reward money this year...


HMMM....school board should have waited on test scores before jumping on the nadwagon to close the school....its obvious they were TRYING....

D.I

I am appalled At our school system this year more that ever. My son was in an accident before entering sghool this year, although being concerned for his safety we decided to let him go in and start school like everyone else.
Now realize that he is just one week out of a very expensive surgery with plates put into his hand and screwed to his bones to keep them in place. He also had a crushed collar bone.
By doctors order he had to wear a splint on his hand and and an arm sling an also a back brace which crossed his back to keep his sholders pulled back under tention.
My son is a little bit heavy and it has allways been a strugle for him to keep his shirt tucked in. Now he is forced to wear a uniform (not by choice) according to the school board's code of attire. These shirts are not made with a duck tail as shirts are when they are to be tucked in. They are made of a material that ride up and it is hard to keep it in.
My son upon entering the East Beauregard School was reptedly called down about his shirt not being tucked in even though he tried to explain he could not do so because of his injuries. The fact that he had these injuries was ignored by Teachers and Authorities dismayed us and we had a talk with the principles of East beauregard trying to get some lienincy for him because of his medical condition, to no avail.
We went to the school board to voice our concerns and was met with the same "can't buck the rule" attitude as it was at that school.
We were told to go back to school and follow the rule, I ask you is there anyone that is above the rule?
After my son called home to be picked up by his mother,
Mr Bertran called my son down and brought him to his office and forced him to tuck his shirt in, when he could not do it completely
Bertran offered to do it himself!!
My son said he would rather not have his shirt tucked in by a man. Being offended by this Bertran raised his voice and scared my son.
All we can get from Ms Rutherford is how my son is mistaken or is liying and how he is not "putting forth the effort".
I would like to see Ernie Bertran or princepal Rutherford to don a splint and a shoulder sling and a back support and tuck thier shirt in. I say it cain't be done! with out the broke bones not to mention the pain!!!
Upon learning That the princepal was going to give my son saturday detention which probably involved him picking up trash off of the school grounds all day we have had to take him out of that school and enroll him in a private school at considerable expense to us all because of this unjust uniform policy. Well guys this is really helping his education, Should we expect this for our students?? regardless of injuries or inability. Hello! you cannot even button your pants with one hand.
This sounds more like indoctrination than education.

Pete

JH, thanks for your input, but another argument that won't hold water.(.I am a parent of East Beauregard Children, elementary & high school. I am a supporter of uniforms, but I do think it has gotten way out of hand)... You say you support but...you should've left the but off.. You can't have it both ways..

(I think that the majority of the time it serves the purpose of the problem of sagging pants, too short skirts & shorts, and tacky, crude shirts).....

The things you mention here are just as easily remedied with the old fashioned dress code.. Uniform pants can sag (I've see it) uniform shorts can be short, but never too short.. They are called shorts for a reason.. Legs may be to long, but inanimate objects aren't, to, anything, they just are..

(NOW - I don't think anyone should criticize the school administration if they don't have a suggestion - a practical, workable, suggestion.)

You seemed to have missed our practical, workable suggestion.. So simple and so easy.. Borrowed from Nike and D.A.R.E. JUST SAY NO.. works for me and no down side... The uniform policy has solved none of the issues they were supposed to solve.. Again I use LCB as a reference.

(My suggestion - For the students who don't have any dress code violations during the week, no strikes or behavior violations during the week, allow them to have non-uniform day on Fridays. They must still follow the rules as far as shirts tucked in, no short skirts or shorts, no sagging pants, no rude t-shirts. I think this would go a long way in encouraging & rewarding good behavior instead of seeing and hearing all the hype about bad behavior)...

This one is really comical. Please explain to me how something can be a reward if the opposite is not a punishment... If a non uniform day is a reward then by the law of equal and opposite reaction the wearing of the uniform MUST be a punishment.. And by your own example of dress guide lines you described what all the hype is about.. If the kids went by your very own Friday guidelines then there would be no need to punish them the other four days...

As for the rest of your note I do agree.. And the answer to your question is because they want to flex another muscle.. Kids want backpacks that express their views, opinions and are just cool... The fool board cannot allow cool.. They might produce a few free thinkers and rock their little pond... As for me I hate a calm lake.. I throw rocks to make waves.. An administration that tries to enforce a failed policy is a failed administration..

As for you D.I you are not alone anymore.. we need all the horror stories we can get..

Peace Pete (woodstockade@aol.com)

Carol

About the uniforms.... I think it is a good idea to wear them.

If kids can not respect the fact they have to wear certian uniforms and keep those uniforms in tact then how will they respect the fact of wearing uniforms when they work for McDonald's or some other company. Even going to our Adult Day Care (McNeese), half of them work in some sort of food company.

So either way all the kids need to respect wearing uniforms. Some person said it was cheaper to shop for clothes then shop for uniforms. I want to know where they shop then.

If you have 5 kids in school, then you will have to shop for all 5 kids wearing 5 different styles. Girls wanting to be cool and slutty, and boys trying to be some wanna be thug.

I think all schools should be strick on the uniforms.

Pete

Carol, your first sentence and your last sentence was all that made sense in your post.. Those were your opinion and that's what blogs are about.. However the stuff in the middle was a waste.. Again we have an argument that won't stand up to facts..

If you wear a McDonald's or other companies uniform they furnish them. Even those places that get by without furnishing them, you still have the OPTION of working for them.. When you take the job you are paid to represent the company.. Not true in school.. The state don't pay for the uniforms or for kids to wear the uniforms (however they do pay for the maintenance dept. shirts) .. I'm not sure what part of McNeese you refer, but I do know there in no mandatory uniform policy for the students.. So whatever half you refer to is getting paid to wear a uniform..

On cost, your argument is only slightly possible.. Unless your kids wear uniforms 24/7/365 you are paying for two set of clothes.. One set of uniforms and then everyday street clothes.. If you are paying, then style is up to you as a parent, not the fool board.. Either way you are buying two sets, so how can that be cheaper???? When all your big clothing retailers have back to school ads you do have a choice as to were to shop.. Uniforms are in limited supply and very seldom go on a real sale.. Again thanks Pete

Stacy's mom

I see nothing wrong with the schools requiring uniforms - it was implemented to stop the inappropriate attire previously worn to school, and it is apparently working. I agree with the decision to have the students wear uniforms to school - it still leaves plenty of time for them to show their individuality outside of their academic institutions. And all of these discussions over taking away freedoms of students by implementing uniform policies seem pretty over-the-top to me.

I do agree that the stories about Beauregard Parish are awful - it sounds as though Beauregard Parish needs to review their policy regarding strictness, the necessity for occasional exceptions to the rule, and maybe punishments.

But the fact remains that the schools had entirely too many problems with students wearing clothing entirely inappropriate for a learning atmosphere, and since the parents weren't willing to do something about it, the school had no choice. Now is a good time for these students to learn about rules and penalties to prepare them for the real world.

Pete

Stacy's mom.. You say you see nothing wrong with the uniforms based on your belief that it's ok for the State to dictate what the kids wear.. Did you know that the school board cannot implement a policy based on looks alone.. There has to be other reason besides they look good.. second, losing any of your rights is never over the top.. and third, uniforms have nothing to do with rules and penalties in the real world.. Pete

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