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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2006
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Hat ban ensures Decatur's high schools remain safe

To The Daily: During the past few months, Mike Ward and Don Snow, principals of Decatur and Austin high schools, have proudly accepted School Safety Awards from Alabama Attorney General Troy King.

The banning of wearing of hats at basketball games is just one more example of our city school administration's attempts to ensure the safety of our students, teachers and fans. Yes, this does mean that all fans, not just the students, must remove their hats when coming inside for the basketball games. But how would one determine that one person should be allowed to wear a hat and another not — must you show a senior citizen card for permission? If you are a senior citizen, then you are old enough to remember your mother telling you that it is impolite and rude to wear any hat/cap inside anyway. If your hat is to keep you warmer, then you may need it outside, but not in a gymnasium.

This decision was not made to inconvenience the fans, but to keep them all safe — the high school students, the younger children, the adults and the visitors to Decatur. Isn't this the more important issue?

Have you noticed the students are not complaining?

Karen Gaertner

Mathematics teacher/department chairperson

Decatur High School

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