Right to Bare Bellies

Ah, high school, home of arbitrary rules and acting silly. Because there's nothing teenagers respond better to than things they deem unfair. Some suburban schools are considering a ban on letting students paint their chests at sporting events, saying it's a distraction, that students with painted chests tend to be too rowdy, and that it's hard to decide what dress codes should apply to male students and what should apply to female students—if it's OK for guys to go shirtless, is it OK for the girls to wear bikini tops? A handful of Illinois schools are in the throes of this debate right now, what with high school football season gearing up. [Trib]

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