25 Most Ridiculous Things You Won’t Believe Are Banned In Schools

Posted by , Updated on June 21, 2017

When you have kids from different cultures, home situations, parenting styles, and religions all crammed together for 6-8 hours a day, somebody’s going to be offended, and probably also hurt, and bullied, and maybe pregnant. It seems that schools try to combat this by banning things in an effort to keep some semblance of order. What does and does not get banned can get a little weird and is sometimes not well thought out, so here are 25 Most Ridiculous Things You Won’t Believe Are Banned In Schools.

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Skinny Jeans were banned in 2009 by a School in TX for being...disruptive of learning. To drive this point home, the school also banned striped & checked shirts. Some parents responded to a dress code in the most reasonable way possible: they pulled their children out of school and home schooled them instead.

Skinny_jeans_street_style_à_Strasbourg_octobre_2013Source: http://www.dallasnews.com

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Best Friends. Thomas's Private Day School in London spoke strongly against having best friends for children ages 4-10 because these friendships are seen as "too obsessive" and "unhealthy." Best friends were also banned because, "These obsessive friendships can be very hurtful for those who are left out of them, and ostracizing is as painful as physical bullying." Having a best friend is like bulling all the people who want to be your BFF but aren't, just like telling kids they can't do something because they're too obsessed by it ALWAYS means they stop doing it. It's really the phrase "BEST Friend" that makes the relationship anyway. If you ban that phrase, the relationships will completely change.

best-friendsSource: http://www.telegraph.co.uk Image Source: https://pixabay.com (public domain)

This is one that most people are aware of but, uh...books. Books with dangerous ideas are banned with disturbing regularity in public schools. What kind of books? Well truly dangerous ones, like "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" due to racial stereotypes. (It was written in the 1870's. Slavery was a thing), Animal Farm, Fahrenheit 451 (Irony), Harry Potter (any of them) and finally, The Adventures of Captain Underpants (because it encourages bad spelling). The backlash is that now Banned Book Week exists and celebrates those books which have been banned or fought in the past.

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Father's Day Cards were banned in a Scottish primary school so that children of single mothers and lesbians wouldn't feel left out or upset. No word on how the children being raised by single fathers or two fathers feel about this, or if anyone stopped being offended long enough to consider their feelings, or the feelings of said fathers.

father-day-argyle-pattern-cardSource: http://www.telegraph.co.uk Image Source: http://www.publicdomainpictures.net (public domain)

Pokemon cards have been banned at some schools, in particular because two students got in a fight and card trading was taking over recess. Again, the best way to make a child do something is to forbid it.

pokemonSource: http://www.sheknows.com/

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