If it’s been a few years since you left school, don’t feel too bad about your age. After all, kids these days have to put up with all manner of absurd bans on objects, games and items of clothing. Indeed, from Santa Claus and snowballs to best friends and dodgeball, these 20 things that aren’t allowed beyond the school gates will make you grateful to have already finished your own education.
20. Yoga pants and leggings
Dress codes at schools are nothing new, but some have certainly taken them further than others. One high school in Massachusetts, for instance, banned yoga pants and leggings in 2015. Amid fears that students would protest, school staff quickly pointed out that the legwear was still allowed if worn with shorts, a skirt or a long top.
Sometimes, proposed solutions to problems don’t solve anything at all. In fact, they just create further issues. Take Cardinal Leger Secondary School in Ontario, Canada, which in 2017 instigated a backpack ban to cut down on classroom clutter. Instead, it just meant that pupils were having to carry everything in their arms, causing commotion at lockers between classes.