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Mums, garters allowed during school day

Carmen Torres, Staff Writer

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After many years of not being able to wear mums or garters to school, Principal Kurt Stephens has decided to allow students to participate in the tradition of mum wearing.

“As an administrative team, we look for ways to do the things the students want to do,” he said. “Just because there’s things we’ve always done a certain way, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the right way to do it.”

He said the administrative team has talked a couple of years about allowing mums back on campus and it was Associate Principal Shelly Slaton who reminded him this year to consider the idea again.

“We spent a little while discussing it, and decided we would definitely open that door up and see how it goes,” he said.

Stephens said that allowing mums and garters is a trial run to to see how it goes this year.

“Our hope is that it will go well and become a tradition for the future,” he said.

The second-year principal said he will rely on student and teacher feedback as to whether or not the allowing of mums and garters hinder learning.

“We also want to make good discussion that don’t interrupt the education day,” he said. “Hopefully, if we minimize the disruption to the instruction day, it can become something we do every year.”

Also, students are not allowed to receive their mums or garters delivered to the front office.

“The deliveries aren’t really anything new,” he said. “We do not allow deliveries on any sort of holiday or birthday. It sort of boggs up the main office.”

The wearing of garters also give the football players a chance to participate more in the homecoming festivities.

“Students who are in organizations don’t really get a chance to participate,” Stephens said. “Football players for example, they’re not going to wear them during the game. It gives them the chance to wear it.”

There is no length limit on the mums, but Stephens does ask that the students tape down the bells and whistles to prevent any further altercations.

Slaton also want to remind everyone to remember one thing.

“Three letters. F-U-N.”

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