Rules are important but sometimes they are taken way too far, especially in school. Maintaining a balance between conformity and self-expression is challenging... and it drives people crazy in the process.
Misery_Games asked: What dumb rule did you have at your school?
Submissions have been edited for clarity, context, and profanity.
How'd that work out?
We weren't allowed to wear t-shirts with Bart Simpson on them because he was glorifying being a troublemaker and underachiever. This was in the 90's.
My mom wouldn't let me watch The Simpsons when I was a kid because my dad worked at a nuclear plant and Homer made people who work in nuclear plants look stupid. I also couldn't watch Ninja Turtles because it was too violent, also in the 90's.
I remember in the 90s, parents who wouldn't let their kids watch The Simpsons because they thought it was a bad influence. Compare that to TV today, and wow.
Have you ever met anyone with good things to say about school uniforms?
We had to buy our uniform shirts from the school. They checked this by having giant embroidered logos on the shirts. This wouldn't be a problem if the shirts weren't such awful quality. And over priced. Eventually they started selling patches that you could put on shirts bought elsewhere, but the damage was already done for people who's parents already spend their clothes budget on the sh*tty school shirts.
I go to a private school, sitting in class as I type this. The uniform policy has some strage and conflicting rules. Only a certain kind of pants can be worn and they have to be black. Shirts can only be white, black, or green, and you cannot put up the hood on your jacket or hoodie while on campus. Thing is, uniforms are sold by only one store, and not only do they do the same shirt logo thing, but they also sell PE clothes that are not required, and they sell hoodies and jackets with the school's name on them. There seems to be only one person who cares about the pants rule though. I was told by this person to wear diffrent pants yesterday, and I have had to change pants during school because they were the wrong color before. However, I have worn a shirt of the right color but without the logo before, and no one noticed. There are other things about the dress code that I hate, but I don't want to type all day.
They're called lockers for a reason.
My middle school/elementary school didn't allow locks on lockers because we were "a school of trust"
I'm still not over getting my gel pen stolen.
Why even have lockers?! It is literally to keep your sh*t.
I keep mueslibars in mine for when I get overly hungry.
Right?! We would even argue that they're literally called "lockers" because they are for locking.
This was likely the least of their rules.
The middle schools in my town banned the color red because it was associated with gangs. Every other color, including blue, was okay though.
Twist: the administration were secretly all Crips!
Banning an entire color sounds like some gang sh*t.
Seems weirdly specific but okay.
People in Grade 10 cannot walk around in groups of more than 4, as it is MOB BEHAVIOR (only applied to boys).
I really don't get rules only applied to a specific group of people that could be applied to everyone.
That's how mafia works.
That's how grade 10 mob works.
Guys- hair could not touch eyebrows, ears, or collars.
Girls-no pants, skirts or dresses had to come within 2 inches of their knees when kneeling on the floor.
Everyone-no jeans, shorts, or t-shirts.
Yeah, I'm old as f*ck.
My school had a rule that said girls couldn't have haircuts that looked like they cut it themselves. They made a girl in my class shave her head after she gave herself a punk style asymmetrical bob cut.
Jokes on them, now she looks punk af.
The Lort is watching... and counting.
Our version of detention was called a JUG (Justice Under God). If you were lucky you got to do cleaning around the school and were done pretty quickly. If not, you had to sit in a classroom and write out the long subtraction math from 200 to 0, subtracting two and adding one (200-2=198+1=199...all the way to 0). This would easily take an hour or more and no talking was allowed. Truly terrible.
Follow Up: Looks like a number of men for others scrolling through Reddit. Yes, this was Rockhurst High School in Kansas City, Mo. Loved every second as it was a great education and only after I graduated did I realize how many life skills they instilled.
Wow. That is crazy. Never heard of this before.
I just timed myself getting to 190 though, and it was about 1 minute. So the whole thing would take about 20 minutes.
Who's really being punished here?
We used to have this thing called Tardy Tank, meaning when the final bell rang for class, teachers were instructed to lock the doors and not let anybody in. Whoever didn't make it into the room in time was sent to a detention room for Tardy Tank and then was released when the next bell rang. This was so counterproductive like who the f*ck thinks "hey let's punish kids for being late to class by making them miss the whole class..." absolutely pathetic.
I saw "tardy tank" and was scared for where that was gonna go.
How would this be enforced?
For some reason kids in elementary school we weren't allowed to talk in the bathrooms. I think it was because there was a bomb threat when I was in kindergarten, but like that would prevent another bomb threat...?
Why even create a rule that you cant enforce without crossing over several lines?
At my elementary school, if you were talking in the restrooms, you could easily hear it from the sinks (outside the restrooms).
Owch. If my classes had heard some of the weird-ass bathroom conversations I was a part of...
We had to "clean our plate" in lunch. We had to call a lunch aid over to check that we ate enough before we could go to recess. I had someone try to make me eat my green beans and I explained they would make me throw up. She made me, and I threw up.
Reminds me of the time I was at my grandparents and my dad made me eat asparagus for the first time.
Anyway, I tried it, but it was stringy and gross and made me gag, so I didn't eat any more of it. My grandpa said that I only had to clean my plate if I served myself, but my dad wasn't having it.
I told him I think I might throw up if I had any more. He yelled and told me I'd be in trouble if I didn't eat it, so I did. I was stuck between him and my brother at the table, so I threw up in my salad dish.
So of course I then got in trouble for making a mess and wasting food.
The walking clockwise police.
My original middle school was shut down and all of the students were moved to another, smaller middle school. The new school was much smaller and not able to accommodate this many students. It was also structured so that the hallways were essentially a square.
So the stupid rule they came up with to fix the massive amount of students was that everyone was only allowed to walk clockwise around the hallways, meaning that if your next class was counterclockwise, you had to walk around the entire school to get there. I was among the few who were unlucky enough to have my locker past many of my classes, meaning I had to walk around the hallways to get from class 1 to my locker, and then again around the school to get to class 2. This caused students to constantly be late to their classes, to the point that they couldn't punish students anymore for being late because of this stupid rule.
Every teacher and security guard was posted in the hallways to ensure we were all walking clockwise. Thinking back to it still annoys the crap out of me.
The snack Gestapo.
We had 20-minute breaks at about 10 A.M. and 40-minute lunch breaks at about 12 P.M. On the first break you could only drink water or eat fruit.
If you ate or drank anything else?
Detention. After school. For an HOUR, until they introduced 30-minute after school detentions due to parent complaints.
Eat a tomato and watch as they struggle to determine if it's a fruit or a vegetable.
The dangers of tying sweaters around your waist.
We weren't allowed to tie our sweatshirts around our waist. It was permitted to have them around our shoulders so I made it my daily battle to figure out methods of tying it around my upper body in fun ways. Loopholes, man.
Oh God. This rule sounds tailor-made to traumatize middle/high school girls. Horrible.
No pooping and no standing up to bullies.
Okay so this rule was added the year after I left, but my cousin was at the school at the time. Someone had had diarrhea in one of the toilets and made a mess so the school added a new rule saying no one could use the bathroom during break times. In lessons, the teacher would need to give you a key to unlock the bathroom to stop people doing it again.
While I was still there there was the rule that if you retaliated against bullies, you would get in as much trouble and if you didn't retaliate but told a teacher, you'd either be forced to tell the bullies it was okay and you forgave them or get put in detention with them. Ofsted outstanding rating indeed.
forced to tell the bullies it was okay and you forgave them
"Ok Billy, I know he stuffed your head in a toliet, but you need to say you forgive him or you're just as bad as him."
My senior year of high school some lower classman roid-rage lost it on a freshman between classes. He ran the kid's face against the rough bricks of the school for a good 30 feet and sent him to the hospital with a broken nose and arm. The school took the same approach of forgiveness or detention. One of my friends witnessed the whole thing and said the poor freshman just walked by roid-rage kid.
Fucking freshman, thinking they're allowed to walk in the same hallway as an upperclassman.
When people who aren't doctors make medical decisions.
My elem had a rule that students couldn't be sent home for sickness unless they had a fever ostensibly to prevent fakers. Cut to third grade my friend falls off 9 ft monkey bars. His arm was clearly broken. They told him he had to stay because he had no fever.
Smells like a lawsuit.
Ugh, this sounds like my worst nightmare. I've always had a low body temperature (usually low 97 degrees). 99 degrees was a fever for me.
So fuck that.
This is really harmful.
In elementary school, we weren't allowed to talk. Ever. Before school: dead silent. During class: quiet. Lunch: bring a book to read after you eat because you can't talk.
That is downright damaging for kids' social and emotional development.