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What's more important -- School Attire or Grammar?

Posted Tuesday, January 8, 2008, at 11:27 PM

Before you jump to conclusions, let me state that this blog has absolutely nothing to do with the meetings being held in Bedford County regarding school uniforms. I have 2 grandchildren still in school. One wears a uniform, and the other does not. The one who wears a uniform lives in Florida, & the other one lives in Georgia. I do have my preferences on school uniforms, but I don't feel I should tell other people how to dress their children.

My comments here concern attire (or lack of it) at the Shelbyville-Columbia basketball games tonight. Seven boys (presumably high school students) were barechested in the Columbia cheering section. They had the letters GOLIONS painted on their chests - 1 letter per boy.

Those boys would not have been allowed to attend classes at school without wearing a shirt. Why should they have been allowed to dress that way for the games? I know that chest painting is big at college and professional games, even at those cold, snowy football games. UT men's coach Bruce Pearl joined in last year at a UT women's basketball game. However, I hope that SCHS principal Don Embry would not condone this at a SCHS home game.

There is also the grammar side. There should have been 8 barechested young men in the stands. Surely the English teachers at Columbia High School have taught them that there is a space between GO and LIONS.

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so i dont guess anyone should hold up the d and then have a white picket FENCE behinf either, that would be the wrong word.. its jus kids showing spirit and having a good time .. o well guess everyone is picky about something

-- Posted by someonecares on Wed, Jan 23, 2008, at 7:34 PM

I wasn't referring to SCHS specifically.

-- Posted by Jacks4me on Thu, Jan 10, 2008, at 9:21 AM

This conversation is hillarious but I think the point of the blog is that there was no space between the "Go" and the "lions". That would have bothered me too. But, then again you're talking to someone who only went to see the "Pursuit of Happyness" b/c it was misspelled and I wanted to know why. lol

-- Posted by LauraSFT on Thu, Jan 10, 2008, at 8:16 AM


I dont know where you have been going to ballgames at but it isn't at SCHS if you think the cheerleading uniforms look anything at all like bikinis.

-- Posted by Dianatn on Wed, Jan 9, 2008, at 6:32 PM

Well, at least the I and the O dudes didn't swap. GoLoins....get it?

-- Posted by mmp84 on Wed, Jan 9, 2008, at 4:09 PM

Have you seen some of the cheerleading outfits lately? Some are little more than bikinis.

I have seen some body-painting in the name of school spirit where they 'look' like they have on a T-shirt. It looks great and they really add to the energy of a ball game.

-- Posted by Jacks4me on Wed, Jan 9, 2008, at 2:28 PM

Hmmmm... wonder how it would go over if the Cheerleaders wore Bikinis to ballgames?

No doubt there would be an article condemning them for doing so..

-- Posted by Dianatn on Wed, Jan 9, 2008, at 12:39 PM

Better not go to the beach or the pool. I've seen days where virtually all the men and boys were not wearing shirts and the things that the women were wearing... scandalous!!!

-- Posted by nathan.evans on Wed, Jan 9, 2008, at 11:51 AM

Actually Betty I got a kick out of your Blog. I personally loved the GOLIONS statement you made.

On another note I do recall someone complaining about the Cheerleaders wearing short skirts when there was the discussion of SSA. (BTW cheerleaders don't wear uniforms to school except DURING pep rallies and ballgames) Strange that someone would complain about Cheerleaders wearing short skirts but boys in the stands can go shirtless.

-- Posted by Dianatn on Wed, Jan 9, 2008, at 11:29 AM

I don't think they have to wear "school attire" to the games. I just feel they should wear shirts. A letter could be painted on a T-shirt, or a sign could be held up. The boys did not have GO LIONS painted on their chests. I made a point that they had GOLIONS.

-- Posted by bettyhbrown on Wed, Jan 9, 2008, at 10:40 AM

Good blog, Betty, but the guys were just having some innocent fun.

Did you see the barechested fans at the outdoor hockey game in the snow at Buffalo the other weekend? Gotta wonder about them -- how did they avoid frostbite?

-- Posted by David Melson on Wed, Jan 9, 2008, at 9:59 AM

Regardless of where you stand on school attire, or on what's appropriate to wear to a sporting event, I think it's questionable to imply that the same standards automatically apply to both. School is "business" and sports are "leisure," to use the adult terminology, and it's reasonable to think that some clothing that might not be appropriate in class might be just fine in the bleachers. I'm not weighing in for or against body-painting, I'm just questioning the particular argument you used in this case.

-- Posted by Jicarney on Wed, Jan 9, 2008, at 9:43 AM

At least the girls had their shirts on. I don't see anything wrong with the students showing school spirit in that way as long as they have their pants on. Does anyone remember how short the basketball pants were in the 60's? My grandsons wouldn't be caught dead in those today!!!!!

-- Posted by mindyg on Wed, Jan 9, 2008, at 8:49 AM

Bare chested high school boys with Go Lions painted on their chests. What is this world coming to? ~_~ Lighten up!

-- Posted by nathan.evans on Wed, Jan 9, 2008, at 8:13 AM

Great post Betty, that last paragraph is priceless.

-- Posted by Evil Monkey on Tue, Jan 8, 2008, at 11:35 PM

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