Long Island Middle School Bans $350 Moncler Hats And You Won’t Believe Why

January 14, 2019  |  

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We live in a world where there is heavy emphasis on how you look and what you have. In the age of social media, children are subject to scrutiny for not wearing or having the latest name brands. Back in the day, if I wore a pair of cheap shoes, I’d deal with being made fun of In the hallways or in the cafeteria. Now, children are targeted with videos and photos uploaded it to social networking platforms like Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Tumblr. One school took matters into their own hands by banning the wear of expensive coats with the reasoning that it attracts poverty-shaming. While some folks were in agreeance of this ban, others felt that children should not be punished for wearing what their parents could afford for them to wear.

A Long Island Middle School has joined the list of schools that have began to ban expensive attire, but it has nothing to do with bullying. Great Neck North Middle School has decided to prohibit the $350 Moncler hats because their students are constantly losing them. According to the New York Post, a letter was sent home to parents that read, “We need your help! Please try and redirect your middle schooler from wearing these hats to school. It has consumed a great deal of our time trying to locate these missing hats, and it has been disruptive to the students’ focus and time as well.”

I found this to be very interesting. Bullying has been at an all-time high over the last couple of years. Children ranging from ages 9 to 19 have resorted to taking their lives to escape the harsh realities of school and cyber-bullying. I’m a strong believer that uniforms and clothing bans would help regulate this kind of thing so that kids will focus less on what other kids have and more on the purpose of school; learning. While this school banned expensive hats for a reason that has nothing to do with bullying, it’s a win for redirecting each child’s focus.

Parents work hard and have the right to buy what they want for their children. There’s no debate there. But in an environment that should be focused solely on learning, shouldn’t we work towards limiting distractions? Do expensive clothes contribute to bullying? Sound off in the comments and take our poll below.

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