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PRO: All studentsshould have to wearuniforms.1.11. School uniformsmay deter crime andincrease studentsafety.2.1Case studies andresearch reviews havefound uniformsreduced a variety ofsafety issues3.1Implementing adistrict-wide K-8mandatory uniformpolicy in Long Beach,CA produced massiveresults after 2 years.4.1Reports of assaultand battery in thedistrict's schoolsdecreased by 34%5.1Assault with a deadlyweapon dropped by50%5.2Fighting incidentswent down by 51%5.3Sex offenses were cutby 74%5.4Robbery dropped by65%5.5Possession ofweapons (or weapon"look-alikes")decreased by 52%5.6Possession of drugswent down by 69%5.7Vandalism waslowered by 18%5.8One year after SparksMiddle School inNevada instituted auniform policy, schoolpolice data showed a63% drop in police logreports, anddecreases were alsonoted in gang activity,student fights,graffiti, propertydamage, and battery.4.2A peer-reviewedstudy found thatschools with uniformpolicies had 12%fewer firearm-relatedincidents and 15%fewer drug-relatedincidents thanschools withoutuniforms.4.3Another peer-reviewed study foundthat, in schools withhistorically higherrates of sexualviolence, sexualattacks were lesslikely if uniformpolicies were in place.4.4School uniforms alsoprevent studentsfrom concealingweapons underbaggy clothing.3.2Uniforms make iteasier to keep track ofstudents on field trip.3.3Uniforms makeintruders on campusmore visible3.4Frank Quatrone,superintendent in theLodi district of NewJersey, stated that"When you havestudents dressedalike, you make themsafer. If someonewere to come into abuilding, the intrudercould easily berecognized."4.52. School uniformskeep studentsfocused on theireducation, not theirclothes.2.2Many experts believeuniforms helpstudents to learnbetter.3.5A bulletin publishedby the NationalAssociation ofSecondary SchoolPrincipals stated that"When all studentsare wearing the sameoutfit, they are lessconcerned about howthey look and howthey fit in with theirpeers; thus, they canconcentrate on theirschoolwork."4.6Chris Hammons,Principal of WoodlandMiddle School inCoeur d'Alene, ID,stated that uniforms"provide for lessdistraction, lessdrama, and more of afocus on learning."4.7Former US Secretaryof State andpresidentialcandidate HillaryClinton, advocatedschool uniforms as away to help studentsfocus on learning:"Take that [clothingchoices] off the tableand put the focus onschool, not on whatyou're wearing."4.8A study by theUniversity of Houstonfound thatelementary schoolgirls' language testscores increased byabout threepercentile points afteruniforms wereintroduced.3.63. Schooluniforms reduce peerpressure and bullyingby creating a levelplaying field amongstudents.2.3When all students aredressed alike,competition betweenstudents overclothing choices andthe teasing of thosewho are dressed inless expensive or lessfashionable outfitscan be eliminated.3.7Research by theSchoolwearAssociation foundthat 83% of teachersthought "a goodschool uniform...could preventbullying based onappearance oreconomicbackground."4.9Arminta Jacobson,Founder and Directorof the Center forParent Education atthe University ofNorth Texas, statedthat uniforms put "allkids on the sameplaying field in termsof their appearance. Ithink it probably givesthem a sense ofbelonging and afeeling of beingsocially accepted."4.10

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