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No, You Can’t Wear Makeup To School (and stop eating in the bathroom! ew)

Yay or nay? I can say I support the banning of make up on teen girls at school, but why are you taking away the mirrors too?!

“Officials at a school in Britain decided that girls were spending too much time fixing themselves up in the girls’ bathroom, so they banned makeup. When girls kept showing up to school looking like Taylor Momsen, administrators took the next logical step: Ripping the mirrors out of the walls and providing teachers with “makeup removal kits””

I mean if a girl is busted with makeup wearing it will be plainly obvious—you will see her face. Girls at Shelley College in Huddersfield were originally allowed to wear a little makeup (aka “discreet”), but the teens went heavy eyeliner and mascara bonkers.

I still object. Teens are notoriously rude and unhelpful. What if a skirt is tucked in someone’s underpants by mistake? What if there is food all up in her grill and her frenemies think it would be great to let her walk around looking crazy. (mirrors are helpful for al sorts of reasons than just putting on makeup) The list could go on!! I say keep the mirrors for the love of all that is good!!

Administrators of the co-ed, uniform enforced school, weren’t just worried that the painted faces were distracting other students. It seems that these young adults had a serious let’s meet at the mirrors in the bathroom to gossip and spread eye infections from sharing makeup, problem.

Head teacher John McNally says:

There comes a point when you need to stop teachers spending half an hour in the day talking to girls about their make-up. It is more sensible to say it’s not allowed. We removed the mirrors because there were a number of girls who were going in to the toilets at lunchtime and hanging around in there and eating their sandwiches.

The girls were attracted to the mirrors and when we removed them the problem stopped. Most have accepted the policy as the vast majority did not wear make-up and those who wore a little have been happy to stop. The fuss is being caused by about five or six girls, who are the ones who wear the most make-up.

I like the mirror for many non-related make up reasons (I didn’t wear make up in high school, even now I rarely do), but I might have been on the half dozen complainer squad here. Being honest folks…

About maggie.

Maggie Barnes is a nonprofit and for profit business content specialist / social media consultant; and social sciences web writer interested in everything from psychology and sexuality, to technology, race, and economics. She is passionate about good communication and information accessibility.


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