I remember, back when I was in elementary school, there was a trend to wear these large belt bulks. If you had one of these bulky, rhinestone encrusted accessories, you were considered to be on of the “cool” kids. Well it just so happened for my 10th birthday I received the best belt bulk ever! This belt bulk was particularly better than all the others because I was the first one in my class to have an electronic one. This belt bulk was a large silver rectangle with shine crystals along the outside and across the inside, my name flashed in bright red lights. Needless to say, it was awesome at the time!
I was very excited as I returned to school the next day only to find that apparently a new rule was established. NO LARGE BELT BULKS ALLOWED. Of course, this would happen once I finally get my opportunity to shine. I storm into the principal’s office and whine “but why can’t I wear this?” You would think the obvious response would be this mini tv screen around my waist is a classroom distraction, instead I was offered another explanation…”The belt buckle is a weapon.” WHAT?? Obviously the people who came to this consensus had watched “Pootie Tang” (probably one of the worst movies ever ) one to may times.
Over time, more and more common accessories were band from school because they were considered to be weapons. Spiked jewelry, hair accessories and even using safety pins were banned and are still banned in alot of cases today. But why is it that these items are seen as weapons but schools promote the use of other items like point pencils, sharp scissors and don’t get me started on protractors that can just as easily be used as weapons.
I believe this goes back to the point that Cline makes in his work “What is a Machete, Anyway?” Basically any tool (or in this case accessory) can be objectified into a weapon, you know as long as that what lawmakers claim it to be. The problem is we have not established a clear and defining rule as to what a weapon really is. According to webster’s dictionary, a weapon is ” something (as a club, knife, or gun) used to injure, defeat, or destroy.” Well in that case almost any and everything can be a weapon in the hands of the right person. Take the pencil for instance, most students use it as a writing utensils, others decide to use it to repeated stab their teachers. That sound pretty dangerous to me, but it’ll probably never be considered dangerous enough to be a weapon in the eyes of the government. On the other hand, it seems very likely (to lawmakers at least) that a child is going to whip off their belt and bash someone over the head with it. How absurd!