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Brickbat: Act Your Age

TMan in pajamasMilkovasa / Dreamstime.comennessee state Rep. Antonio Parkinson, a Democrat from Memphis, says he's heard plenty of stories from school principals back home about parents showing up at school wearing pajamas or clothes with foul language on them or skimpy clothing leaving "body parts hanging out." He has proposed a bill that would tell schools to create a "code of conduct" for adults who have to come to school, including a dress code.

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  • Fist of Etiquette||

    My teachers put me to sleep so much I might as well have been wearing pajamas to school. Am I right, people?

  • Rat on a train||

    They're wearing shirts with inappropriate lingo on it.

  • SQRLSY One||

    Would it be appropriate for the illegal sub-humans in schools to wear blue MALGA hats, since they obviously believe in Making America Less Great Again?

    (They could maybe even be used as the new dunce caps; act up too much, you must stand in the corner and wear your MALGA hat!)

  • loveconstitution1789||


    But this is Memphis, so this complaint is geared toward the Black parents who are now rich enough to drop their kids off at school now.

    How will good White Southern Democrats ever keep those Blacks from getting all uppity?

  • Wizard4169||

    Gotta say, the spambots are really upping their game on user names.

  • Mickey Rat||

    There are just some adults with no sense of civility or appropriate presentation. Polite behavior and dress are social lubricants that work only marginally at best, but it is better than pouring sand in the gears.

  • A Lady of Reason||

    I think that goes way too far! However I do sympathize with the idea adults should come in as role models, and not send kids the message "adults can do everything that we deemed immoral for you because they're older" because that implies that once one grows up, one can just throw away any rules they learned as children, or that moral standards and decorum are merely arbitrary and mean nothing in the "adult world" when in fact, they do! Adults can't just go into a job in skanky clothes or PJ's!

  • GroundTruth||

    ALoR, I think you hit it about the right. It goes too far to turn it into some sort of regulation, but the message needs to be conveyed to the next generation about "a time and a place".

    I (very briefly) taught high school, and one day entered a class to see two students in a pretty heavy makeout session. The answer to the inevitable "why not" was: you need to practice how to behave in public; if you do that in a job setting in a few years, you may well find yourself out of work pretty quickly.

    Mom and Dad dropping off the kids need to try to set an example. A school is essentially a place of business, not their living room, and not a dark bar.

  • Conchfritters||

    I knew a kid in high school who damn near had sex several times a day at his locker during passing period. He and his lady would have their tongues down their throat, and dude's other hand was clear up her shirt - this was multiple times a day. This was in 1990-92. It was fucking hilarious.

  • $park¥ is the Worst||

    once one grows up, one can just throw away any rules they learned as children

    One can, that's what's great about being an adult.

    moral standards and decorum are merely arbitrary

    They are. You not liking something doesn't make it wrong.

  • GroundTruth||

    That's all fine, but the kids also need to realize that there may be consequences to throwing those rules away.

  • Inigo Montoya||

    I don't think I've ever objected to anyone wearing skimpy clothing. I think sometimes people believe they have the figure to pull off an outfit when they clearly do not, but it still doesn't "offend" me.

    I wonder what this state rep would think of nudists.

    I thought we were past the Victorian dress codes, but I guess not.

  • Old Mexican - Mostly Harmless||

    he's heard plenty of stories from school principals back home about parents showing up at school wearing pajamas or clothes with foul language on them or skimpy clothing leaving "body parts hanging out."

    Paste their slovenly images on YouTube like some elitist fucks do with Walmart visitors and you will see a change once word gets out. You don't need a law for that.

  • Longtobefree||

    "A principal I talked to told me a lady came into the office with her sleepwear on with some of her body parts hanging out. You got children coming down the hall in a line and they can possibly see this," he said.

    Then we will take those kids into a classroom and teach them that men are women, women are men, and there are other options to be explored. And there will be pictures of those hanging out body parts. And in any case, here is how to use a condom. In the next class we will teach them that two plus two probably equals four, but if you get a different answer, that is OK. Then we will teach them that tolerance really means complete political control of the behavior and thoughts of everyone except the elite politicians from the correct party.

    Welcome to the revolution.

  • Conchfritters||

    or skimpy clothing leaving "body parts hanging out."

    Need moar lawz.

  • ||

    And what happens if the parent is turned away at the door for a dress code violation? Does the school keep the kid, perhaps overnight? Check the kid into a hotel until their parents are presentable? Call CPS and have the kid taken away from the parents?

    How exactly would a school lawfully refuse to give the kid's legal, custodial guardian access to the kid? Seems to me that the parents would have a decent case for kidnapping charges.

  • crufus||

    Maybe instead of new laws, they could just do nothing.

  • Rossami||

    And that would be binding on the adults and not a violation of their First Amendment rights how, exactly?

    A complete waste of time and money for everyone except the lawyers who will get rich in the inevitable lawsuit. Parkinson should be fired just for suggesting something so blatantly unconstitutional.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    "If you're going to wear jeans and a T-shirt to your child's school, make sure your T-shirt doesn't say anything off-color," Cranford said. "Or if does, throw a jacket over it. ... It only takes a few extra seconds to cover yourself."

    Slogan shaming.


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