Several students spoke Tuesday in opposition to the bill, saying uniforms would restrict their freedom of expression and citing past criticism of attempts to mandate uniforms.
Green said there might be a need for uniforms in some school systems. He said dress-code violations at Boonsboro High are more common at the beginning or end of the school year when the weather is warm.
Issues regarding clothing could be more serious at other schools, though, Green said. He’s heard of students being assaulted for wearing expensive shoes, and lawmakers Tuesday questioned whether some students were being bullied because of their clothing.
Green said that adhering strictly to the school system dress code already in place helps keep things “from getting out of hand.”