REGISTER VIEWPOINT: Color us confused by body paint ban

Gang problems? Color wars? Sandusky High School administrators brought the kids around on the uniform front, although the thi
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

Gang problems? Color wars?

Sandusky High School administrators brought the kids around on the uniform front, although the thing with the skirts baffles us -- and the students still found ways, as they have and always will, to individualize even a polo shirt and khakis.

The league rules about wearing shirts at indoor athletic events are what they are, and must be addressed at that level for anyone who feels like doing so. And, administrators, you're within your rights to extend that rule to outdoor athletic events.

It's been a while since some of us were in school, but we all remember chafing at the teacher who punished the whole class because a few, or even one, got out of hand. We didn't like that then, and we don't like it now.

So why wouldn't it have made more sense to take aside the young lady who showed up in a sports bra and paint, make her put a shirt on (maybe even let her paint it), and let everyone get on with the game, and the enjoyment thereof?

Yes, we know: You're charged with the safety and well-being of the students, and for some of them you're the closest thing to a parental figure they'll ever have.

And we know the Lawyer Nation and its abused notion of "fairness" have made Zero Tolerance the only practical substitute for judicious application of the rules to fit the circumstances.

So, yes, you walk not just a tightrope, but a fraying one. All the more reason to choose your battles.

Seems to us there's room for further thought and a compromise on this one.