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Pennsylvania Middle School Bans Uggs
Not because they're ugly ... because kids were hiding cell phones in them
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jan 27, 2012 2:32 PM CST
A Pennsylvania middle school has banned Uggs and similar boots.   (

(Newser) – Administrators at a middle school in Pennsylvania were tired of kids hiding cell phones in their boots—so they banned the boots, the Mercury reports. The new rule applies to "outdoor, open top boots" in general, but the biggest culprits are Uggs, says a district official, particularly those that reach to students' mid-calves and are lined with fleece. "Lace up, tight at the ankle boots" are still OK, says a letter from the principal.

"Students may continue to wear outdoor boots to and from school to protect them from cold, snow, and ice but need to change into a pair of sneakers or shoes before entering homeroom," it continues. The new rule was posted on Facebook, prompting a flurry of furious reactions. "It’s ineffective they will just keep finding other places. Plus my phone fits in my sneaker," wrote one commenter. Added another, "When the schools started paying to raise and clothe my children then maybe ... maybe they can have a say in dictating my child’s wardrobe."

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Jan 30, 2012 1:49 AM CST
This is so stupid the principal should rethink this. What's next socks? Parents are the ones who need to instill that school is for the kids benefit and not just a place to play.Parents also should keep up on kids grades.Grades go down phone goes away.
Jan 29, 2012 1:35 PM CST
school uniforms and a ban on cell phones - problem solved.
Jan 29, 2012 12:52 AM CST
The pathetic part of all of this is that it's like marijuana prohibition. People want something (marijuana/cellphones), you can't really stop the flow of the item (growers+smugglers/parents), so you try to attack anything that facilitates the use of the product (bongs/boots). At the end of the day, none of these people, police or teachers, get through their thickened skulls that NOTHING is going to help the situation from their point of view because the people want what they want. This doesn't mean you have to give in. However, this does mean you have to pick a different path that considers the wants and needs of both parties. Everyone loses if authority figures just escalate the problem by creating new, unnecessary laws.