A balaclava is designed to keep your face warm, Not conceal your identity.
They keep the entire face warm and, Unlike scarves, Do not present a strangulation hazard should a kid trip and fall while playing. Balaclavas also allow a greater range of motion without "leaking" cold air.
Its a shame that our society now equates a piece of practical clothing with crime and terrorism. (Criminals and terrorists also wear leather jackets, But no ones calling for a ban there. )
Simple rules can get around the issues of offensiveness and anonymity:
1. Balaclavas may not be worn indoors
2. Balaclavas must be a light color (no black, Cammo, OD green, Ect. )
3. The student's name must be written in a high contrast color on both the front and back of the balaclava
4. When speaking to teachers or staff, Students must make the center of their face (eyes, Nose, Mouth and the skin in between) visible
5. Balaclavas are not to be worn when temperatures are above 45 degrees Fahrenheit and wind gusts below 10MPH
6. Any policy violation (i. E. Fighting, Cheating, Drugs, Ect. ) carried out while wearing a balaclava will, At a minimum, Double the disciplinary action
No, children should not be allowed to take balaclavas into school. Balaclavas are used in such things as armed robberies and other criminal activities. Do you really want your child to be wearing something that criminals wear, i certainly wouldn't! It could encourage people into crime. It also hides peoples identities, easy to pretend hey are someone else. This could result in a massive problem for teachers and other staff trying to teach.
The problem is, very few people in the United States have the ability to avoid feeling threatened by a balaclava. Due to its extensive use in robberies and murders, it has an unerasable stigma in the urban environment. Simply, no one will think you're a good guy if you wear a balaclava to school.