School uniforms help prevent bullying, making them worthwhile

May 11, 2014


Recent studies have shown that school uniforms help the students’ school experiences in may ways. They prevent bullying and/or people getting hurt, show children discipline, and help students stay focused. Also, if schools had uniforms it would prepare students for everyday jobs because many jobs today require them. Only 23 percent of public schools in the U.S. require uniforms in 2014, but that percentage is increasing every year.

Roughly 160,000 children miss school daily due to to fear of attack and or intimidation by other students. Because everyone would be dressed the same, students would not be bullied because of their clothing. In addition, uniforms promote safety because if an intruder walked into school, it would be easier to spot them because they would not be wearing the uniform.

Another advantage of uniforms is they show students discipline. School uniforms are very specific in what you can and cannot wear, and if a student is not dressed properly, they they would be sent home to change. This rule about uniforms would show and encourage students to follow other rules by seeing how seriously the school enforces the uniform rule. Plus schools would not have to worry as much about the “fingertip length” rule or other violations of the dress code because the uniforms would be the appropriate length.

With uniforms, parents would only have to pay about $150-$200 to outfit a student for a year.

—Emily Morton



Frankly, I happen to agree.... Thank you Emily for your well thought out, and presented letter.


As for employers and uniforms, most jobs do not require you to wear the SAME thing every day. Unless you are in the military, I do not really know of a job that requires you to wear the same thing every day.(well maybe fast food uniforms) As for bullying, not sure how a uniform is going to stop that. If they are not picking on your clothing, they will find something else to make fun of. Your hair, your shoes, heck they will make fun of your socks. Another point made is intruders would stick out. Anyone can purchase uniforms, anywhere to match. Not sure how that would help there either. Personally I am not for uniforms, unless you are in a private school setting. Thankfully my kids are almost done with school with only a month left of their junior year and then just senior year left.


good points, and i agree, kids will find a reason to pick on others, even if they wear uniforms.


It is one of smartest decisions a school can make. Emily, you hit the nail on the head!! What a wise young lady. Too bad our school boards are not that smart!!


Uniforms have already shown reductions in bullying at Sandusky schools, back in the day if I ou didn't wear levi or some designer named clothing you would get picked on. This is just one way to help prevent it. there are a lot of companies that have have uniforms, retail facilities, fast food, factories, many trades jobs, maintenance, etc. This will help students prepare for the work place.