Pekin students express displeasure over bandana ban

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PEKIN, Ill. (AP) — Bandanas can be worn in your hair and tied around your neck. And the small piece of cloth can be kept around for blowing your nose.

But bandanas aren't allowed at Pekin Community High School, a policy that has led to the suspension of at least 11 students, silent protests and much debate.

The district's student handbook specifically prohibits wearing bandanas and other items — including headbands, sunglasses, and clothing that includes chains — because of their connection to gang affiliation.

Senior Nick Garrard was the first student to be suspended for violating the policy. He pointed out at a meeting of the District 303 School Board late Monday he was not a member of a gang. Others said a bandana, at times, can be just a bandana.

Administrators say the policy is in place to maintain an orderly and safe school environment.


Information from: Pekin Daily Times,

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