Maroon Is The New Black
By Klaudia Jablonska
This just in -- starting next school year, freshman will be required to wear a uniform. Administration has decided to test out maroon and silver jumpsuits as the new uniforms and the lucky freshman of next year, Class of 2023, will be the first to try this out. Northside administrators have carefully considered this idea for years but they were previously weary about the possible consequences and outcomes of such a policy.
Across academia, there have been several different studies that demonstrate the effectiveness of school uniforms. After countless hours reviewing these studies, the school administration came to the conclusion that the benefits of having school uniforms outweighs students’ freedom to express themselves. Studies show that students wearing uniforms make the school look more organized and professional. According to Mr. Michael Keane, programmer, “In the last couple of years, the school community has committed to wearing maroon and silver on Wednesdays. Because of this, the school has decided to roll out a new program for the incoming freshmen. They will now be required to wear maroon and silver jumpsuits as a uniform for the year. It is a win-win situation as we believe this action will continue to improve Northside pride while also give a small break to security having to remind students about the CPS dress code during the warmer months.”
Along with these new uniforms, Northside will take on similar school policies to that of Lane Tech, Taft, and Lincoln Park by incorporating the school ID as part of the uniform. No longer will students only be forced to check in with their IDs into school but now they will also have to wear their IDs around their necks on lanyards provided by the school due to safety reasons. Northside needs to ensure strangers are not entering the building and posing as Northside students in hopes of getting a better education. This has been an especially pressing issue in the recent months where students have been caught participating in classes and coming to school daily all while not actually being a student of Northside College Prep.
Administration has long been debating the start of a school uniform in hopes to decrease the constant bullying and harassment against students for their not so excellent outfits. With the new uniforms, hopefully the school can reduce bullying because students will no longer be able to judge each other by their appearances; everyone will be wearing the same thing. Students will no longer have to worry about being bullied for their ‘fit’ and hopefully this will reduce the amount of Mustang Safety Minders submitted on the daily. According to school officials, the rise in the number of Mustang Safety Minders has risen dramatically in the past few years, which makes the shift in policy more than appropriate
Bullying is not the only pressing issue when it comes to matter of clothing. Students have recently been seen repping gang-affiliated clothing around the school. Uniforms will get rid of any dangerous gang related articles of clothing, making members safer while walking around the school. Some of the notorious gangs around the school include Isang Hakbang, a group known for its violent use of sticks against others, and Robotics, whose members often pelt students with objects using their well-designed robots. By having students wear uniforms, administration is hoping that any fights, jumpings, and arguments will be taken outside of school grounds.