Top Ten Most Pointless Rules In School


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1 Uniforms required

I hated uniform in school. It looked horrible and I felt felt very uncomfortable. - annaeverson

They want you to have uniform to adverise the school, touse sneaky people

From 6th grade onward, the schools I went to have uniforms. It honestly sucks and uniforms look ugly. - PhoenixAura81

Of uniforms looked more like the ones in anime and Japanese schools I'd happily wear them, but real life ones, especially in Ireland just look horrible.

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2 No bathroom breaks

Student: Can I use the bathroom?
Teacher: (Correcting him) May I use the bathroom?
Student: Of course you can, Sir, why are you asking me?

If you gotta go you gotta go. Ain't no question about it

I hate this one. Just because a few students take advantage of it doesn't mean that you have to ban the while school from going to the bathroom, which is what my school did. (Over 1,000 students) There should be a law against this - SirSheep

But what if someone was on their period and they can't go to the bathroom!? Or if you can't hold in a pee for very longer, can't go?

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3 No self-defence against bullies

A couple weeks ago they gave us a pep talk on how to deal with bullies. They said that you can't defend yourself at all. You can't touch him. And I'm like, What? Are you supposed to just stand there and wait politely for him to hit you? Everyone booed the teacher when she said that. There was practically a public outcry that day. It was insane. The next week some kid I know got cornered by six 8th graders. He did all the stupid stuff they told him to do- tell them to stop, call for a teacher, don't resist at all. The guys just laughed at him and beat him black and blue. The teachers didn't even do anything. I saw the whole thing. It was crazy. Several students were suspended in the days afterward for speaking out against the stupid role, and a schoolwide riot/protest eventually ensued that took half the school day to shut down. Absolutely unbelievable.

I heard about this stupid school in a newspaper. The story was a 10 year old kid or something came up to a smaller kid and pushed him to the ground and hit him. So the little kid said don't push me and kicked the bully. Then the idiot teachers made him apologize to the bully and they both stayed after school. Then they told the mom that her son was in a fight and when she found out what actually happened she was really mad. It's just so stupid that some schools tell you to tell a teacher or roll up into a ball or something dumb. What if you're cornered by like 3 kids. You can't exactly tell a teacher then. My grandpa said that he was bullied by a kid in school so he just punched the kid and he didn't bother him anymore. I wish you were allowed to do that now it's the best way to stop bullying. - SammySpore

A few years ago I broke a classmate's glasses on da bus cause she took my lunch pail and whacked me on da head and threatened to throw it out da window. I put up with it for months and people said that I was suspended for it

That's sounds awful!

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4 No electronics

So the teachers get to use their phones but we can't? It doesn't make sense! Why can't we use it at free time? What if someone can't read a clock but has their phone to check the time? - MasterHand

In my school we were allowed to have our electronics out in school (for projects) but not anymore. We can have them during passing time, before school, and lunch. I'd say I'm lucky compared to some people here. - Luckys

It makes sense when your in class, but why can't we have it during breaks FUN FACT: In our school it doesn't matter if school is over or not if your caught with your phone in school property they will take it away, and the only way to get it back is to pay money. - XxembermasterxX

My Fellow Classmate Wasn't Allowed To Take Out His DS In Choice Time Come On Can We At Least Have It At Recess? - Thethingman

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5 If the student doesn't have enough lunch money in their accounts, the school has the right to deny them food

In my county, if you have money, then you get a choice of which foods you want on the menu. If not, you would just get the combo. Why? Because here,law states that schools must give at least 3 food items to children during lunch. However, I do not know if it is the same in other places. They should really change it if the rule above applies. Parents will REALLY complain.

The food in my school is free, but it is cheap as heck because it tastes bad

In My School The Food Is Free - Thethingman

What happens if you can't afford it? - SirSheep

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6 Must do homework

SirSheep so feel you there. I have probably been forced to do more hours of work both in school and at home than the number of hours I've spent doing things I actually enjoy in my entire life. Full time student is probably one of the most psychologically demanding things you go through in your lifetime. What's more, my school is considering eliminating electives altogether and having the school day simply consist of 3 2-hour long core classes (humanities, science + math) and the only respite we would have would be lunch. Does so much more harm than good.

I have 7 hours of school, 30 minute honor society meetings, 2.5 hours of school sports, 1.5 hours of karate, 2 hours of scouts, and I have to eat dinner. And some nights I get over 5 hours of homework, so I skip stuff and stay up late. Very counterproductive. If you can't teach us in the 7 hours you have us, hire better teachers! - SirSheep

Yeah, When you go to school for a whole 6 hours
Then some of us have after school classes and You got hours of homework
and only get little bit of time to sleep and continue another day of Homework and pain.
Teacher should notice this.
Very unacceptable.

I can never get more than six hours of sleep these days. - XxembermasterxX

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7 No chewing gum

Well, this rule actually has a purpose. When I would enter class every morning, there would always be chewed gum stuck to my chair. And the worst part is I'd never notice and I sit down a gum would stick to my pants.


I do agree I guess. Because whenever I arrive at school in the morning their is chewed pieces of gum stuck to the chair and I sit in it without knowing and I get him in my pants!

I think this rule has a purpose because people keep sticking their chewed up gum underneath the table!

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8 Have to take P.E.

I have vision problems, so there's no point in me taking gym because the teacher won't let let me play sports with balls( which is practically all of them, by the way).


PE isn't that bad, I just hate sweating. - Luckys

And hey force you to change in the locker room. Not everyone wants to be an athlete - SirSheep

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9 Not allowed to choose own seats

I was only allowed to pick my seat in science... - Luckys

I can I'm in high school so I can eat around the school - JayJayPlayzzz

Primary school assembly you cannot sit on benches until year 6

You might talk to others and disturbed the class

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10 No hats or beanies

This is one of the worst rules ever. Why can't we wear hats? It's just a simple fun thing to put on your head! And they say it is "Disrespectful". So wearing something that will make your head warm is the worst thing you could ever do? - MasterHand

Kid: *comes inside school with hat on*
Principal: *watching in the cameras who is that
Kid: *takes off hat and waves at camera*
Principal: oh it's just "Insert random name here"
Kid: *puts hat on and walks into class*
Principal: who is that

This is what always happens at my school

This is a rule at my school, and also no hoods because people like to use their earbuds and hide them under hats. So apparently its logic to make me take off my hat (when I'm not doing anything and I just got a super short haircut so its cold on my hat) IN THE MIDDLE OF WINTER and its SNOWING but they wont let us outside for recess because it was RAINING smh my school is stupid

You can get detention for even having your hood up at my school. And note that this is the Seattle area we're talking about - SirSheep

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The Contenders

11 No hard balls

Hard balls are hard

Yes Cop This One Right Here - Thethingman

Lol! I thought about the body part.

Hard Balls? maybe golf balls?

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12 Must participate in plays

Nah it is optional for me, and I have a big interest in drama so I wouldn't mind. - XxembermasterxX

I always participate in sports but not in dancing and singing - Sugarcubecorner

What if you're really shy and you get up and don't say anything. And then everyone makes fun of you and it's all the teachers fault. - SammySpore

For example I’m really scared and swet

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13 No eating in class

I have sneaked snacks in class in high school and I NEVER got caught!

We have this game where we see what the most extreme thing we can eat in class is. So far we've gotten away with ice cream, soup, sandwiches, pop tarts, cupcakes, cinnamon rolls, and an omelette.

My dad had this problem in school, he had low blood sugar but back in the 50s they didn't know that, and there was no snack time and he was so poor, he barely had any food to eat. So instead of passing out he would sneak some sweet potatoes that the kindly school lady would give to him and he would eat when no one was looking.

It's a good thing these days they have snack break for the younger grades.

I feel bad for everyone on this list. You should come to my school. You can have snacks, only like 3 homework sheets a week, P.E until 7th, etc. - TeamRocket747

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14 No talking

I've always wondered why people are anti social and bad at teamwork

Not talking for 7 hours a day, 5 days a week is very hard. No wonder I have no social skills... - SirSheep

Not even bro they be like 'why do I hear talking" or "I'll wait" and then expect us to stop talking out of respect. Maybe you can hear me because you have ears. And if you say your going to wait then just wait. teachers can't even keep their own word these days!

My computer teacher shouts at us for talking EVEN IF NO ONE CAN ACTUALY HEAR IT! I was sitting next to two guys.I couldn't even hear anything from them and then she forces them out of class and them gives them a warning.

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15 No 'unnatural' hair colors

Freedom of expression - GleamingShadow

I have blue hair and my school is fine with that.

Because it's "distracting." #TeacherLogic

Wow so you can't be yourself.. schools are suppose to prepare kids for the future.. is the future empty of creativity?

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16 Not allowed to choose the song in a play

I literally have never watched or participated in a school play that was remotely entertaining.

All the songs in the plays are terrible. - Videogamesgal

EVERY SINGLE school winter concert has songs like "O Come All Ye Faithful" "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and "O Holy Night". What about more modern Christmas songs like "Home For Christmas" by Hall and Oates? That's a good Christmas song!

Why do we have to sing babyish songs? 6th graders should be able to sing Tokyo Narita and Wasting Time!

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17 Shorts and leggings must be arm length

What if you don't own anything arm length genius. - human1234

I have long legs and a skinny waist so large is to big around my waist and medium is to short

Um, what if you have arms that go past any and all shorts that you can afford or somethin'?

What the hell? so these short ass girls that have short arms can be walking around school with her ass hanging out and they can't say nothing about it because its still arm lenth. what are they gonna do then?

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18 Keep your hands to yourself

And no going within 4 inches of each other. In a small school with 1,000 students and over 40 kids per class. How? - SirSheep

Why is this even a rule? - Datguyisweird666

19 No Teletubbies

That rule...what!

Teletubbies is life

Schools With No Teletubbies That Very Thought Is A Sin - Thethingman

I hate this

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20 No groups of friends over 5

I think that's a stupid rule - Kangaroo1145

Who the HELL invented this rule? People with an IQ of -768457?

I'v been going through this list and I'm hoping,I'm really,really hoping that it doesn't get dummer than this rule.
Narrator:Little did she know that she will eat those words as soon as she reads the 25th rule.

Schools are stupid I man are rule is 40 degreese or more to go outside so if it is 39.9999999 this is my teacher... NO GOING OUTSIDE!

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21 No crazy hair

My friend dyed her hair permanently lilac and teacher was fine, I temp dye mine red and get suspended for 2 weeks?!?!

I have rusta hair - Kangaroo1145

My school does not have this because I have dark blue hair and other people have dyed hair.

Apparently any color that is "unnatural" and "a distraction" or something like that. I don't know about anyone else but for me weird hair is as much as a distraction as the posters on the walls.

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22 No throwing snowballs

No, I see the logic in this one. Once I was having a mini snowball fight (boys against girls) and this kid in grade 1 or 2 came up and wanted to join we said no. I finally cornered one of the boys and the same kid hit me in the nose with a ball of ice. - human1234

We're not allowed to touch it - SirSheep

At my school everyone builds a fort. And everyone steals snow. So how do you defend your fort? YOU DON'T. IT'S CRAP.

Just in case...JUST in of the kids hides a loaded pistol, a grenade, five ninja stars and a jar of cyanide in one. - Entranced98

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23 Must wear black shoes

In my high school this rule only applies to people in chorus, choir, and jazz ensemble bands.

Who cares people stopped caring about light-up shoes when they passed elementary. - XxembermasterxX

This isn't a fancy restaurant. I don't wear plain black at least though. I wear red. - TeamRocket747

This is a rule? I wear metallic green shoes.

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24 Only water in water bottles

Get a water bottle, drink it or spill all the water out, put Sprite, 7Up or any sodas that are see-through and put one of the sodas in the empty water bottle

You get to bring water bottles? Lucky - SirSheep

I used to drink coke

I put lemonade in mine!

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25 No long hair

Lol lacks equality.

I don't have long hair, but if I did I would never cut it for some stupid rule. - XxembermasterxX

This is a rule at some places? Oh no! My hair almost goes down my whole back and I would never cut it, I would just get detention! Yay!

I’m a guy with long hair. We have a good school district when it comes tk dress code but educationally we are run by nihilists. - lilrocketman

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26 No crop tops or bikinis on non uniform day

So you want boys getting distracted? - B1ueNew

The no bikini thing is totally reasonable but as long as the crop top isn't inappropriate, then they’re reasonable (unless you go to a school like mine where you wear uniforms). - PhoenixAura81

No crop tops or bikinis on non uniform day(some of people in my school don't follow this rule(

27 No couples

You can probably get suspended, or at least a detention in my school - SirSheep

Good I don't like it when people kiss in front of me. - XxembermasterxX

I'm fine with a short one on the cheek, but it's weird when people do it long and in a sexual way. - XxembermasterxX

This is a good thing, no one cares about your boyfriend, go do whatever you want with him outside - B1ueNew

Your old enough as soon as your balls drop

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28 No fidget spinners

Whoever said they are cancer should get aids

Fidget spinners are for mental six year olds with roblox account trying to get free robux all the time and getting their account scamed then trying to use credit cards that will end the human race.

Fidget spinners are cancerous!

This isn't a stupid rule, in my opinion

29 No knives

Well duh I think people already know this

I can only see one way this is pointless: Knives are pointy, it is saying no knives. #LOGIK

How is this pointless? With all the nutcases running around state schools these days, this rule helps to save lives. - Entranced98

Jeff The Killer hates this rule... - Pony

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30 You have to let anyone in your club

Okay so me and a group of my friends made this squad. There were like 20 people in it, we had a notebook and we wanted everyone to feel included. If you weren't part of the squad it didn't matter, nothing is different. And these girls were being so rude to us and put us on their enemy list and everything and we got blamed because we were having a meeting about how to deal with them! I still hate them and I'm bringing the squad back next school year.

So you would let your bully or worst enemy in your club? What great people! (Obvious sarcasm) - MasterHand


Yeah teachers school isn't a mlp episode where after stopping the villan one commercial break later there reformed and good

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31 No flip flops

You can only wear closed toe shoes - SirSheep

In my school they were considered "weapons" even though high heels are allowed.

32 No running

This is one of the worst. What if we're in a rush? Oh we gotta slow down because it's "dangerous"! What if we're late for class and don't have any time to walk? - MasterHand

If you do that, then you get sent to detention for 15 seconds, just enough time for a madman to kill you!

I hate that rule - Kangaroo1145

If you have 10 seconds to get to class and you are 10 miles away from class, would you have to walk to class if you can't run?

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33 No staring

I think teachers and students are afraid to be stared at - Kangaroo1145

Wadafak is this rule? So ridiculous!

34 Freedom of speech is limited

You can't talk about politics, actual historical events that aren't twisted to sound better, anything controversial, or anything that makes the school or curriculum look bad - SirSheep

@TeamRocket747-to my high school special ed teacher it is considered a swear.

In my special ed class in high school:

Students: "horse", "Disneyland" and "old" are not swear words so they can be said in school
Teacher: Those words are not appropriate to say in school

35 No tackle football

Some people went to the hospital from being tackled - Kangaroo1145

Why? Tackle football is fun!

Its banned probably because they are afraid that someone will get hurt - Datguyisweird666

I am not talking about soccer, of course.

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36 No crop tops or midriff baring uniforms

Why even have a dress code if nobody follows it or any other rules

In my school you have to have t shirts that go at least 3-5 inches down your arm because shoulders are now distracting apparently - SirSheep

Crop tops are the wave

This actually kind of makes sense.

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37 No riding bikes until end of school hours

And you have to walk it off campus. Then you can ride it - SirSheep

My school had this rule. It was completely pointless! - SammySpore

At our school we’re not even allowed to ride bikes on campus, because one time there was this boy who was riding his bike to school,so he kept riding it on campus, Until a stupid obese man in a “special white golf cart” screamed “GET OFF THE BIKE AND WALK IT”

38 No food

I sneak food in class all the time in high school and I NEVER got caught.

The teachers eat all day in front of us too. It's torture - SirSheep

No one follows this rule anyway everyone sneaks it in

This one is dumb. Kids get hungry in school and a lot of the time lunch starts earlier than 12:00, so we have to starve for like 6 hours, sometimes longer if your parents or guardian is late.

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39 No sharing food

I try to give my friend a snack when he doesn't have one and everyone else gets in trouble just because they're being generous. Do the people at the school want people to starve to death? - MasterHand

This is actually a good rule. Food allergies are real.


40 You have to wear a woollen jumper under your jacket

Bad rule - Kangaroo1145

My high school didn’t allow jackets


41 No jackets allowed, even if the building is super cold

-infinity degrees cold inside building
Kid: can I have my jacket please
Teacher: no

If it was -infinity degrees then I bet we wouldn't even go to school

Once when I was in high school it was like 10 degrees in the morning and the high was like only 20 degrees. the school also turned their A/C on, yet they won't let us wear jackets in class, and they told us that they have no control over the A/C and that we have to deal with the extreme cold.

Do you want us students to get sick? What if it goes to the point that we get a cold, then pneumonia, the DIE FROM IT? This is absolutely unacceptable!


42 You can't play tag or any contact games

so dumb - Kangaroo1145

Some schools have this dumb rule - SammySpore

At my old school we weren't even allowed to play touch football

43 No chewing with your mouth open

Not really pointless. I've never fancied eyefuls of chewed up bread and other people's gullets. - Entranced98

44 No hoodies

Bad rule, first of all hoodies is my thang and l like green - Kangaroo1145

Worst rule!

45 No rolling backpacks

Schools obviously want us to be hunchbacks from carrying all those heavy books on our backs

Five tons of books on your back, every single day. Woohoo, great for the NHS. - Entranced98

When announcing the rule
teacher: you shall gave a hunch back and shoulder ache
teacher: shut up

46 Your parents or driver must be there to pick you up otherwise you stay inside the school building.

What if you live right next to the school. - human1234

When I was in high school I was waiting for my bus with the other special ed kids. there were special ed teachers present, and it was snowing outside. My bus was coming so I decided to go outside to wait and the teachers won't allow me to step outside.

Yup, I can understand this one...for PREschool. - Entranced98

This is understandable. The whole point of this rule is to ensure your safety. And also, where I'm from, the school was in Nailsea yet we had kids from Clevedon, Weston Super Mare and Bristol attend. Do you really think they want to walk from Nailsea to Bristol during the evening? It would be like walking from Miami to New York.

47 Always walk on the right side of the halls

My high school special ed teacher made us do this, even if the left side WAS COMPLETELY EMPTY

In mine state you can walk on every side

48 No selling

It makes sense. A girls (One I hate) was selling fake airpods for $20 each.

There's kids at my school selling fortnite accounts but they only have crappy skins - B1ueNew

Students are missing a good opportunity to make profit, have an experience, have fun, get their hands on business, have learning experience and practising entrepreneurship.
Banning selling does not really help to catch junior drug dealers anyway.

It's stupid because there are tons of people in school and what if you live out in the country where hardly anyone walks by to sell to. - SammySpore

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49 No blackmail

Well, this one is right! - Sugarcubecorner

I bet this is enforced in your school because kids are blackmailing teachers and other kids.

50 Can't stand up at lunch

My old school got me in so much detentions because I simply stood up during lunch.


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