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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.

School Pride?

"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."

-- tinfoilhat17

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."

-- Forsaken_Hope_7842

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"

-- PonkingtonHeights

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."

-- Sparrow_Kowalski

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."

-- a_Speck_o_Dust

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."

-- premeditiomalorum

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."

-- boomboomboom97

Freedom Fighter 

"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"

-- AdApprehensive4732

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."

-- Dream_Lands

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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Typically, I would write an intro about my own experiences with the weird kids at school, but I WAS the weird kid in school. Not in a bad way, more like a “I had a John Waters phase” when I was 16 and everyone knew it. So like, cool-weird. At least I hope so.

Schools aren’t always so lucky to have the cool kinds of weird kids though. The spectrum of weird extends even further than that, and can sometimes end up very disasterous.

U/Imaginary_East5786 asked: What was the weirdest thing the weird kid did at school?

​Let’s start with the grossest of the gross. Because why not.

Was it worth it?

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He heard that you'd automatically get suspended if you peed your pants at school. He wanted to find out if it was true, peed his pants, got suspended.


Scientific method:

> Observation: 'I've heard that by peeing your pants you will be suspended'

> Hypothesis: If I pee my pants I will be suspended

> Experiment: I peed my pants and I got suspended

> Conclusion: If I pee my pants I get suspended


Uhhh what was the intention here?

He got mad that he didn't understand how to play a game at lunchtime so he started hitting and punching the nearest person to him, who happened to be me. When I shoved him away and asked him what the hell was he doing, he whipped his unit.out, charged at me and when I shoved him away from me again he started crying and ran away with his member still sticking out.


​Next ones up are the lowkey (or even highkey) disturbing stories. These weird kids can get a little scary.

Boom theret.

At my middle school, someone decided to get a little attention with a good old fashioned bomb threat. Except they thought that a bomb threat meant literally writing "bomb threat" somewhere. Worse yet, they misspelled the f*ck out of it, and wrote "boom theret."

So we had to go on a brief, very awkward lockdown while the police checked the perimeter for booms.


I hope there was no overlap in the columns.

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She wrote a list of all the girls and boys she wanted to kiss and murder and then casually passed it out on the playground.


2 separate lists or just the 1?


Same list 2 columns lol.


Holy crap.

Had the weird kid in high school ask the teacher to use the bathroom. She said no and this dude legit stabbed his hand with a pencil. Went all the way through then asked if he could*t was wild.

This was Pearl High School in Mississippi. This was the school Luke Woodham shot and killed his girlfriend and her friend at the school. This kid stabbed himself with the pencil about 2 months after that happened. This was late 1997.


​Most of the time, however, the weird kids are pretty d*mn funny.

Ok, but this takes a lot of skill.

Had a kid nicknamed "cheeseburger" in the grade ahead of me in high school. He got his nickname because when it was time for his class to go to lunch, he snuck into the roof and crawled his way into the cafeteria, dropped down and proceeded to steal all the cheeseburger put out for lunch. Unfortunately they caught him in the act and sent him to the principal's office.

A year later he was caught stealing a teacher's computer, and in the process of being arrested he bit the officers hand, getting him sent to juvi never to be heard of again.


Every school had the cat girl.

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The weird kid at my highschool tied a string around his pencil case and pulled out around the halls pretending it was a dog. He still lives in my hometown. I think unemployed.

Oh also weird girl in middle school acted like a cat. She would meow and hiss at people, lick the water fountain and rub her body on the teacher's legs. In 8th grade. I have no idea where she ended up.



Weird kid in elementary was a self proclaimed alien. Once, while waiting for the bus, she told me "On my planet we eat people like you" and proceeded to bite me. We later became friends in high school and she used to give me massages during lunch break in the quad. Just realized now she was likely tenderizing me.


I was exactly this kind of weird.

He didn't say much, but if asked, he would go to the front of the class and perform Tip-Toe Through the Tulips with all of the emotion and volume of Tiny Tim, holding nothing back.

The last I heard, he became an energy trader, made a ton of money and married well.


I can definitely relate to that last one. In middle school, my English teacher would let me go to the front of the class and perform monologues or songs from Broadway musicals. Weird, but that’s what happens when schools cut funding for the arts and the theatre kids have no outlet.

As long as you’re not hurting anyone, I say let your freak flag fly, man

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