Kids at Burncoat and South aren’t happy about the new ban on hooded sweatshirts, but here’s why they should get over it.
WCVB: Students at two Worcester high schools are crying foul over a new policy that bars them from wearing hoodies. The Telegram & Gazette reports that the policy was announced just a couple days before the school year began at Burncoat High School and South High Community School. The district’s school safety liaison says the ban is part of efforts to prevent youth violence. He says there was a reported connection between hooded sweatshirts and gang culture. There were also concerns that students could hide weapons in the large front pocket on most hoodies. But students at Burncoat and South High are not exactly on board – a petition on ipetitions.com calling on the schools to scrap the new rule had 478 signatures as of Thursday. A school committee member says it may be time for the panel to take up the issue.
Alright, first of all, everyone’s been asking us what Turtleboy thinks of this. The answer is, this is the biggest non-story of all time. Anyone’s who’s mad or surprised about this obviously didn’t grow up in Worcester. This is pretty standard, and as a matter of fact I had no idea hoodies were even allowed in the schools to begin with. For as long as I remember hoodies and backpacks were banned in the Worcester Public Schools. The only difference is that now the reasoning is that teachers can’t see student’s faces in the hallway, but back in my day we were told it was because people would be carrying switchblades in the hood.
At South High, we weren’t even allowed to wear ANYTHING that was orange? You got that? A whole color of the rainbow was just banned because it was identified as a gang color that was in the midst of a gang war, and prevented a safety issue for kids. You literally got sent home if you wore orange to school. There was no Roy G. Biv at South High. It was just Ry G. Biv.
My question is, when did the hoodie ban end? And why wasn’t I consulted? Because I would’ve been down at every high school protesting the end of the ban. Guess what kids? If I didn’t get to wear hoodies to school then neither do you. Don’t you think I wanted to roll out of bed and dress like a ragamuffin? Obviously. But I didn’t, and I hated it. And Goddamnet, you’re gonna hate it too.
So yea, these whiny kids with their petition can go on and get over this. Welcome to Worcester. Does it suck? Yup. Is it patently unfair? Yup. But you have cell phones and we had busy signals and dial up internet. My suffering was a million times worse than your’s.
Hey kids, look at it this way – when you go to college you’re gonna have so much street cred it’s gonna be oozing out of your pores. Trust me, when you go to UMass, or Bridgewater State, or Northeastern, or anywhere really, everyone’s gonna think you’re really interesting. Because all these town kids are going to schools where they’re allowed to wear hoods, and carry backpacks, and wear the color orange, and all these other normal things high school kids are supposed to be able to do.
But not you. Because you’re from Worcester. And everyone’s gonna know it too. When you walk around campus, everyone’s gonna say, “That kid’s from Worcester. He’s probably crazy. Don’t fuck with him because all he has to do is make a couple phone calls and this place is gonna be flooded with a bunch of Polaks and Puerto Ricans with nothing to lose.”
You’re grizzled. You’ve seen it all. People are gonna wanna ask you questions about what it was like to grow up in the hood. Even if you live off of Salisbury Street it doesn’t make a difference because Worcester is just one gigantic ghetto to kids from Canton and Ipswich. So just roll with it. Embrace the Woo and all the insane rules that come along with our ghetto-fabulousness.
I know people are gonna blame Melinda Boone on this one, but this is the policy of Will Foley and Maureen Binienda, the principals of Burncoat and South High respectively. Doherty, North, and Worcester Tech do not have a hoodie ban. And honestly, Binienda and Foley are two of the better principals in Worcester. South High essentially has the same population as North, but NEVER makes the news. Because that’s what happens when you have a principal that’s on top of things.
You think Lisa Dyer would ever ban hoodies at North? LOL. Nope. She’d be WAYY too afraid that it would ruffle the Circlejerk’s tailfeathers and inevitably they would call it racist. Because obviously it’s only a matter of time until the Circlejerk calls this hoodie ban racist. When’s the last time you saw RBG wearing anything about a Saver’s brand hoodie? Oh yea, never. Look what happened last year when North High turned into Mogadishu. Lisa Dyer’s solution was more diversity training from her fantastic friends Keesha, Brenda, and Joyce. She would NEVER try something new or out of the box like this, because up until three years ago she didn’t even work inside of a school.
But at the end of the day Will Foley and Maureen Binienda know what’s best for their schools. They’re not doing this for fun. They want the hoodie ban because kids walk down the hallway and you can’t see their faces. If this is an ongoing problem in their school, and they’re instituting the ban to make the schools a safer place, then obviously we support that. Both principals have been working in the WPS for decades, so I think they know what they’re talking about.
P.S. Why the hell is WCVB interested in this story but no one outside of Worcester seems to give a shit about Mosaic stealing all this money from the city? This is why people read Turtleboy Sports. Because the mainstream media has its head so far up its own ass that all the lube at a Korean massage parlor couldn’t get it out of there.
Double P.S. It’s gonna suck for Burncoat and South kids now that they can’t wear their Turtleboy Sports Revolution hoodies to school. These will be on sale in a week, but only Doherty, North, and Tech kids can wear them 🙁