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Posted: Monday, March 12, 2007 12:00 am

It’s funny how we advise our children to think before they act but rarely do ourselves when it comes to those children.

Is it nature’s wild kingdom and the protective mother bear instinct that drives parents to sometimes be unreasonable about Baby?

Possibly. What else could explain how truly vicious some parents become when Baby is in trouble?

I thought about this when the big Nimitz Junior High School Uniform Controversy of 2006 struck this week. For those of you who don’t know, about 75 students were pulled from class for uniform issues Tuesday.

In the interest of full disclosure, I have an eighth-grader at Nimitz. (His uniform was A-OK.)

Let’s start with the Mama Bear syndrome. It’s funny how none of the dozen or so complaining parents I talked with mentioned that Baby had been warned twice during the last week about uniform infractions.

Perhaps, Baby didn’t mention they were not supposed to wear the low-cut pants or the baggy pants or the belt with holes in it.

Could it be that Baby just wanted to wear what Baby wanted to wear?

Could it be that the parents who ran around the schools loudly complaining were just as guilty of disrupting class as the “Uniform Police” they were complaining about?

I don’t know. It’s just a thought.

Also, most of the kids at Nimitz do get it right each day. Certainly they get it right after being told repeatedly not to wear something again.

As one teacher from the school said in an e-mail, could you guys write something about the 800 or so kids who WERE in compliance and most always are?

Vote for Pedro

My son will kill me but I admit I like the ease of uniforms. I don’t have to fight the “are the jeans too torn” battle each day or look at the Vote for Pedro shirt several times a week.

But, the timing of the uniform crackdown was poor and could have been handled with a detention after school.

While I have admitted that I like the ease of uniforms as a parent, I feel for the kids.

Not everyone looks good in them and they are almost cruel for those who want (and yes, need) to wear an untucked shirt.

It’s hard to find shorts that look good and fit right for thin girls.

I’m also with the parents who have called for a new election on the uniforms. Why should today’s parents and teens have to live with something voted in almost a decade ago?

I’m disappointed some at ECISD don’t see a need for a new election. As I recall, turnout on the original elections wasn’t all that great. I bet that wouldn’t be the case after parents have lived with it for this long.

Why not just enforce the standard ECISD dress code and stop the nonsense about belts with holes and baggy pants?

But, if uniforms are going to be the rule then I’m also with administrators who say there is a real need to standardize what all the junior highs allow. Why should girls at Bowie get to wear Capri’s but girls at Nimitz can’t? And why does Hood get free dress days if others don’t?

And, for pete’s sake, we as parents need to live with and support whatever decision is made. ECISD should do the right thing and have a new election before school ends this year.

That way junior high uniform policies will be standard before next year. Or, if uniforms are voted out, dress codes could be made clear before fall 2006.

Either way, parents will need to be reasonable. I think they will be if they feel they are part of the process — through a new vote.

Odessa, TX

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