Local School District Stands Firm on ‘Hoodie’ Ban

Posted on: 6:04 pm, December 8, 2012, by

LAKEWOOD, Ohio — No hoodies. No way.  A local school district is standing firm on its policy.  Part of the dress code at Lakewood City Schools calls for no hats, caps or other headwear to be worn during the school day. That includes hooded sweatshirts.

But, some high school students feel the “hoodie rule” goes too far, and have started a petition against banning hoodies at school. They say it is particularly an issue during the colder months when students have to go outside to the modular school across the street. 

Lakewood City Schools Asst. Superintendent Dr. Kevin Bright sees this as a security issue.

“We had some students that were trying to hide their identity.  We had some students that were concealing things in their hooded sweatshirts.  And, as a result of that study, we decided to outlaw those from our school,” Dr. Bright said.

Kim Willison is a parent of a high school student and disagrees.  

“I think they should be able to wear them respectfully, as long as the hood is not over their face,” she said.

The District said it is open to listening to the students concerns.  But, at this time, the dress code calls for no hooded sweatshirts.