British Schools Replace Regular Ties With Clip-Ons

After a few hundred years of making British school students wear ties as part of their school uniforms, many British schools are switching to clip-on ties over safety concerns that the little snowflakes might become injured.

According to an article on the BBC, students at the McCauley Catholic High School are being forced to switch because of fears they will be caught in equipment or catch fire during science class.

School administrators are also concerned they could be "worn in a scruffy style."

As a response, more than 400 people have joined a Facebook protest group to complain that they want to go back to the old ties.

Administrators need to stop and reconsider what they're asking. If millions of tie-wearing kids haven't choked themselves in the past couple hundred years, they're not going to start yet.

Put your energies into finding other safety issues to care about, like whether the precious snowflakes will stab themselves with the school-issued pencils and cafeteria forks.

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  1. Fear of litigation causes people to rethink a lot of things.

    You would think that people would be aware of what they are wearing and adjust accordingly, but not paying attention happens more than we realize with dire consequences.

    My husband's company had a dress shirt/tie policy for all salaried men until someone got caught in machinery and was crushed. He was not a new guy, but he was not dressed properly to repair equipment. It only took a moment of distraction for him to get caught by the tie and pulled into the machinery.

  2. I've never liked ties to begin with. For one thing, they serve no useful purpose. For another, they're merely a status symbol -- a way to say "I'm a professional." But the use of ties by successful professionals is slowly going away. Banks and insurance companies seem to be some of the last of the dinosaurs.

    I AM all about not wearing ties for safety, and the story from your husband's company is an unfortunate one. It's why I don't think ties should be worn at all where there is danger from them (i.e. factories, print shops, etc.) But I can't believe that British school kids have died from an errant necktie.

    Besides, if the school is truly worried about kids' ties catching fire during science class, then the kids shouldn't be wearing clip-ons either. If they're worried about neck damage because someone yanks them, work on the causes of bullying and fighting instead.


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