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Dress Code Support

October 18, 1994

The ACLU claims that refusing to allow a young man the option to wear a T-shirt with a slogan denies him his constitutional right to self-expression. Where was the ACLU last year when a young man was murdered on campus? Talk about losing the right to express one's self.

The Simi Valley School District has enacted a strict dress code that prohibits T-shirts with slogans or pictures of any kind. And rightly so. Educators are busy enough with the tasks of teaching without becoming arbiters of the political correctness of T-shirt slogans. The Simi policy, though strict, is straightforward and simple, leaving virtually no room for misinterpretation or confusion. Thus, the schools can get on with their primary mission, to educate youth.

I support the efforts of the Simi Unified School District to create an environment in which education and safety take precedence over T-shirt fashions and shallow expressions of patriotism.

GLENN FOUT

Ojai

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