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Should strict stipulations on students’ socks stay?


Cathedral Prep is well known for its strict dress code policies that keep students uniform and prevent bullying. The shoes, dress shirts, under shirts, pants, socks, belts, ties, and even socks of students need to be in line with the parameters set by the Cathedral Prep Handbook, or else punishments are given.
The only freedom of physical expression that Prep students have is their choice of underwear, but this of course is never seen. Thus, the question arises: should Prep students be allowed to express themselves with small articles of clothing, such as socks?
According to the Cathedral Prep Student Handbook, socks must be “traditional dress socks, crew or calf length, in black, navy, gray, or khaki. White socks are not permitted.” However, are such strict stipulations really necessary?
The Prep Handbook has strict rules on pants as well. This is relevant because the Prep Handbook says that dress pants need to be “of appropriate size.” We can assume that appropriate size pants cover up most or all of the socks of a student. Thus, are such strict rules on socks really necessary?
trumpsocksNon-uniform socks have a good amount of benefits for students actually. Socks come in all different colors, patterns, and designs. Students would be able to express some part of their outside lives within the school walls. For example, Prep senior Mike Ruff wore his Donald Trump socks to Gannon the day after the election.
Of course, dress socks prevent students from getting bullied for what they wear, but with a strict no bullying policy at Prep as well, the risks may outweigh the rewards. Students would be able to express who they are, even if it is something as minuscule as socks.

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    Jeanette E. JamesMay 29, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    I agree. (100%)

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    Daniel AnthonyNov 20, 2016 at 11:22 am

    By wearing uniformed socks, it shows that students are able to uphold the standard that is expected of a man of Prep. Should they abandon this standard, even if it is something as small as a pair of socks, there is nothing stopping the other standards from slipping.
    Shave your face, cut your hair, put on black socks, button your top button and tuck in your shirt. Your parents $7000+ per year so you can go to a school that holds students to a higher standard. If you let the standard slip, there nothing that separates you from your counterpart at McDowell or Central.