Letters to the Editor

School uniforms don’t stop bullying

I am a middle school student who has spent eight years in several different private schools. I spent six of those years in a strict uniform, and I can safely say that uniforms do not prevent kids from bullying each other. Teachers assume that if everyone wears the same thing, no one can make fun of each other for what they wear. That may be true, but your clothes are not who you are. Uniforms can’t hide your personality. Being bullied is just as likely when you are in uniform as when you aren’t in uniform. Uniforms don’t make everyone the same. They just make everyone look the same. There’s a difference, and not everyone realizes it. I have been victim of, and witness to, different degrees of bullying when I was in a school uniform, and it’s just as bad as at a public school with free dress. I know public schooled kids who have been bullied to the same level of intensity as in a uniform private school. Instead of repressing private school students’ clothing choices and personalities, pro-uniform schools should be endorsing anti-bullying regimes.

Caroline Doyle

Olympia

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