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Uniforms in jails -- and schoolsPosted Thursday, January 17, 2008, at 8:50 AM
Jail inmates wear uniforms. It's a form of instant identification as to their status -- and a constant reminder to them, and others, of loss of freedom.
If some officials have their way Bedford County students, the vast majority of whom will never commit a crime, will come close to experiencing undeserved loss of personal style -- one freedom we, unlike many in other countries, may cherish.
One reason given for implementing "standardized school attire" -- a step away from "uniforms" -- is to keep gang colors from being worn.
The result is to restrict the innocent along with the guilty.
Decent people shouldn't have control of their personal 'style' taken away because of the actions of a few.
When rights are taken away from the innocent, the criminals win another round. Let's allow the good people to finish on top for once.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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