Some schools ban car­toon clothes, gear

The Washington Post Sunday - - KIDS POST -

Do you some­times wear a Sponge­Bob T-shirt to school? Do you have a Su­per Mario Broth­ers back­pack? Maybe a lit­tle brother or sis­ter car­ries a Thomas the Tank En­gine or Dora the Ex­plorer lunch­box?

Well in some schools around the coun­try, stu­dents can’t go to class if they’re wear­ing or car­ry­ing around such pop­u­lar me­dia char­ac­ters.

Some ed­u­ca­tors say that the non­stop mar­ket­ing to kids is bad and that school should be a place where kids are free from that kind of pres­sure. They also say the char­ac­ters some­times pro­mote things such as junk food or crude hu­mor that might not be wel­come in schools.

“We don’t agree with mak­ing a mar­ket out of our chil­dren,” Pa­trice May­nard, of Wal­dorf Schools of North Amer­ica, told the Chicago Tribune. “We’re try­ing to pro­tect them.”

But oth­ers think that such bans can go too far. For ex­am­ple, a North­ern Cal­i­for­nia school was taken to court af­ter dis­ci­plin­ing 14year-old Toni Kay Scott for wear­ing a pair of Tig­ger socks.

How would you re­act if your school banned TV and video game char­ac­ters from back­packs? Send us your opin­ion in 100 words or less to kid­spost@wash­ (put “char­ac­ters” in the sub­ject line) or to Kid­sPost, The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20071. In­clude your name, age, home­town and a phone num­ber. We may print your opin­ion.

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