Sometimes it seemed like all the rules of high school were more likely designed to make teenagers used to obedience than anything else.
Anybody who passed through the chaotic hallways and droning class sessions of four high school years will be familiar with the realization that the logic behind a school rule is shaky at best.
And even more often, the logic is downright bizarre.
These rules often serve as an apt illustration of just how out of touch school administrations are with their student bodies. They often prevent something that's not even the true problem, or they're utterly ineffective at creating a desire outcome.
Some Redditors gathered to recall their high school's most ridiculous examples of these regulations.
hayley0528 asked, "Students of Reddit, what was the weirdest rule your school ever had?"
As you'll no doubt remember, clothes are a hot topic in high school.
Teenagers are driven to experiment, strive for attention, or adapt to the weather of the conditions around. Schools evidently strive to keep all that behavior in a tight box.
But sometimes that box takes a pretty wacky form.
"During summer you had to bring and wear a school hat during break, if you forgot your hat you had to sit inside, and if you were caught playing on the field with no hat you would get detention.
"I was around 13 at the time and its not even that hot were I live."
Not Chill At All
"We had to wear matching underwear in baby blue or white. They would make us kneel down and then they would look down the back of our dress to check." -- Bucketlist074
"that's sus as fu**" -- ae64k
"Sounds like sexual harassment" -- Subject_Candy_8411
A Shoddy Grasp of Botany
"In our school shirts with the Canadian flag were forbidden for a year or so because the principal decided that it looked like marijuana. Never affected anyone as far as I know but it surely was weird."
"Also they forbid shirts with text on them for big test and final exams as students kept printing solutions on them."
Other rules seem wildly specific and borderline unnecessary. They attempt to outlaw some very rare occurrence, so a casual observer will find them absurd.
But these rules always come with a story.
Trying Out Swears
"This rule sounds weird without context, but in 5th grade we were banned from playing Red Rover."
"In context, it was because kids would shout profanities like 'red rover, red rover, send a wh*re over' or something like that"
A Fair Expectation
'' 'It is not allowed to intoxicate school staff with the use of illegal substances.' "
"2 weeks prior, a student thought it was funny to spike a teacher's coffee with XTC."
Sounds Like a Satire of the Midwest
"I grew up in small town USA in the Midwest."
"We were banned from saying the word 'corn' because some bullies were using it to tease the farming kids."
From a Great Height
"We had balconies, think opera style ones, you could watch school plays from and all that. They looked over the primary school building, but we were in middle school."
"We were not allowed to even stand near them, pissed everyone off because they were the coolest place ever."
"Why? Because someone took minerals from geography class and threw them at the heads of primary school teachers."
And some Redditors brought up the relatively common rules many of us are likely familiar with. You may have even had similar regulations at your school.
But again, the flaws in logic were easy to see and point out.
Not Universally Enforced
"In our school it was not allowed to talk in any other language except in English or otherwise they would fine us 10 bucks every time they found someone speaking in any other language."
"The irony is, our teachers spoke in the native language, our principal spoke in native language and even our subjects despite being printed in English were thought in native language."
"So the question is, do we owe the school the fine or they owe us."
"I went to a religious middle school and the genders were very segregated. There was 2 different stairwells, boys and girls couldn't be on the same one."
"My siblings went to the same middle school years before me and back then it was worse and the boys/girls weren't even in the same classrooms, they'd be on different floors."
"They even had a boys only soccer team and a girls only field hockey team, but those rules went out the window when I got my parents to complain and get me on the field hockey team."
"I'm forever known as the kid who fought for equality in that school lol"
No Tans There
"My school was very strict about uniform which was strange considering what they missed compared to the measures they took. I'd hazard a guess towards about 40% of all students wearing skinny jeans instead of the school trousers we were supposed to wear."
"While the year after I left, anyone with a tan was asked to bring in evidence of a holiday (there's no sun in Wales) kids with makeup were given wipes to clean it off and were sent home if they didn't and girls with skirts too high would have them pulled down by teachers."
Now go back and recall your time in high school. Perhaps there were some real doozies that made absolutely no sense whatsover.
Or maybe they did make perfect sense, but only to your high school's small corner of the world.
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