Top Ten Most Pointless Rules In School


The Top Ten

1 Uniforms required

Schools shouldn't have the right to dictate what we wear! - keycha1n

It's not like that anymore, except in alternative schools. (I feel sorry for the people in alternative schools being forced to wear some tight, goofy uniforms.)

I hate schools that force kids to wear uniforms (i'm not in a school like that) we have the freedom to wear whatever we want, even if it's a shirt with a dead puppy.

I have to wear these - Demon_Kitty

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2 No bathroom breaks

I think all schools need to let us go to the bathroom because if you don't go and hold it for a long time, you can get REALLY sick and even get an infection. Teachers, if you're reading this, please let your students go to the bathroom. Do you want your students to get hurt and have to go to the hospital? No. Using the bathroom is a human RIGHT, NOT A privelige (or however you spell it)

From now on whenever I need to go to bathroom and teacher says no I burst out of the door and see what happens next

This is ILLEGAL! You know without going to the bathroom you may lose focus on your work. SO TEACHERS stop complaining about 2 minutes of a human right

I always end up peeing myself sometimes

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3 No electronics

We have this school system that divides class sections into the Honors, the Semi-Honors, the General Section and the Regulars. The honors are revered as goody-goodies up until now...but no one even takes a second glance at the empty box used to store the honors students' phones (which is a good thing, so during break hours we huddle in the bathroom and play stupid mobile games )

One of my teachers deals with students that insult her every day because she snatches phones. They even made fun of her during a trip to a museum saying that the guards should watch her or else her greedy thief self will steal the museum stuff

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

Well this rule isn't stupid because THEY DISTRACT YOU FROM YOUR WORK - Epikrika

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4 Must do homework

7 hours of work in school, 2 hours of sports practice, dinner, AND 3-4 hours of homework... half my day gone, when do I sleep?

Let's see um...
7 hours at school
4 hours at learning courses
2-4 hours of homework
6 hours of sleep
Somebody please help me!

Just think...Every teacher gives a homework of about 2 pages and we have 8 periods. 2X8=16 pages! When is the time for self studies?

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

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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

THIS IS JUST CHILD ABUSE! Very cruel and inhumane. Malnutrition could occur since some students may be too poor to even eat AT HOME, and the food they get at school may be the ONLY meals that they'll receive that day. Also, you can't concentrate and learn on an empty stomach.

In our school if your income is low you get it for free, and if you don't have enough money they will make you pay for it later - XxembermasterxX

I thought the lower class got their lunches for free because their parents don't have enough money.

That's just cruel - Demon_Kitty

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6 Not allowed to choose own seats

I think this is to true. I'm a girl but a lot of my friends are boys because I don't like girl drama, and I'm always seated next to those loud "popular" girls... when they spray their perfume it smells like S##T! If your a girl in school, don't spray perfume, it smells like s##t...

Teachers that have seating charts pick random students and see who they hate the most then surround them with their enemies

So I like to sit in the front of the classroom so the tall people don't obstruct my view of the board, but I generally get seated in the back because they know I'm a good student. Good students should be able to choose.

You might talk to others and disturbed the class

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7 Have to take P.E.

Not optional until you're 16. That means your childhood WILL be scarred for good. - PositronWildhawk

P.E. isn't even fun. It's also scary because everyone in my pe class is like a sport person, so if I do anything wrong everyone is going to shout out and make a big deal about it even though they're so stupid they'll literally forget about it in two hours.

Also, everyone is sweating when pe is over, and it's absolutely disgusting. - MaxAurelius

What's the point of P.E. Anyway? - Pony

To keep you active and not get fat or other medical conditions. - Not_A_Weeaboo

I had four dance classes in 7th grade plus PE and it was pure torture! Plus they were all on the same day and I would go home to sore to move.

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8 No self-defence against bullies

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

I was in this school when I was in 1st grade. I was being severely bullied about my new hairstyle. The bully hurt me really badly. I decided to give him a little push. I went on the time out space and the bully didn't get punished.

My principle said that you can only defend yourself, and that if you harm the bully in any way your in as much trouble as them. - PeachyBlast

Now this is really stupid. - BorisRule

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9 No chewing gum

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

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!

stupid - Epikrika

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10 No hard balls

Wait, this sounds wrong... I meant hard footballs. - DapperPickle

This had me laughing hard - GamerQuinn

Like golf balls?


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The Contenders

11 Must participate in plays

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

I'm not gonna participate in any more plays.

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

uh oh - Epikrika

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12 No eating in class

I eat in class secretly, the teacher doesn't see me. Nobody comes up to me to ask for a piece because it's usually just a granola bar. - Pegasister12

Yep eating is a right. Don't make us starve cause maybe we don't have food at our house because there's no money.

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.

Welp, you should have eaten a lot BEFORE class man. - Epikrika

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13 No talking

It's so annoying how teachers always say " Stop talking! " Come on we are child and we are going to talk!... Any problem? :O - Sugarcubecorner

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.


Man my school don't allow us to talk when the teacher talking! LIke we can't say 'shut up! " like dude! and we can't bring chromebooks in gym! :( dude a dumb rule also! also we can't nbring our bottles with water in it! so dumb! only the water in gym! The water fountain only!

14 No hats or beanies

The staff at my school have a hate fetish for hats! There are students playing with condoms, doing drugs, and making out in the hallway and all they worry about is hats!? We always hear "remember not to wear hats! " every other day! Never "Don't do drugs" or "Don't be making out in the hallway! " or "Stop bringing condoms to school! " It's always "Remember not to wear hats! "

They said in my school once, "its disrespectful to the flag of the US. The schools are becoming way to stupid.

My bus driver once said that we aren't allowed to wear hats because then the security cameras can't see us. Well, what about beanies. I mean, you can easily see our faces with those on.

We're allowed to wear hats and beanies. - Ilovestephanie

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15 No 'unnatural' hair colors

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?

16 Not allowed to choose the song in a play

Teachers can play the hokey pokey and cause everyone to quit the play.

Hokey pokey more like hokey pokey all your eyeballs out - Ihateschool

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!

Teachers : Humpty Dumpty!
Frilly Pop Girls: TaYlOr sWiFt!
Me and my loner friends: Michael Jackson and Caroline Rose! Angel Olsen! The Beatles!
That One Cool Teacher: All the trendy hip stuff!
Goths: Classical please..
Rock Punks: GUNS N ROSES!
Principal: We’re doing the hokey pokey and we turn ourselves around!

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17 Shorts and leggings must be arm length

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?

This is unfair because my arms are really long and other people’s don’t go past their waist so they can wear whatever they want!

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18 No Teletubbies

Same with The Backyardigans. But thank god that staff quit. - Ilovestephanie

A school without Teletubbies is no school at all

Oh my god I can't even

Good - XxembermasterxX

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19 Keep your hands to yourself

Why is this even a rule? - Datguyisweird666

20 Only water in water bottles

Not even in water fountains? - NuMetalManiak

I put lemonade in mine!

Once I have brought juice in bottle secretly! - Sugarcubecorner

Actuly you can drink water in my school with a our hands

21 No throwing snowballs

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

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

Yeah, they act like the snow is full of knives.

We can't even GO NEAR IT

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22 No crazy 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.

My current school only allows us to dye our hair with natural hair colors, while the high schools don't give a flip about what color you dye your hair. - Pegasister12

I hate it, I came to school after halloween with purple hair and got suspended

I have rusta hair - Kangaroo1145

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23 No couples

A lot of people from my school would get suspended.

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

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

Your old enough as soon as your balls drop

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24 Must wear black shoes

Ours have to be completely black with no patterns. Guess what? I'm wearing my new shoes (with leopard print) to school tomorrow. Who cares?

In my school, you can wear any shoe except steel toed boots and anything that exposes your toe. And I always wear black shoes, so this wouldn't affect me. Doesn't mean I agree with it. - LordDovahkiin

My school has this rule. Very pointless. - Time1234

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

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25 No crop tops or bikinis on non uniform day

So you want boys getting distracted? - B1ueNew

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

26 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?

Wait wait wait wait wait wait wait... WHAT

27 No running

What if we need to get somewhere fast? Then don't blame us for being late!

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?

I don't care about rules and I am athletic, why I can't run? - Sugarcubecorner

If a fire breaks out, what are you going to do? Walk away from it? - Epikrika

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28 No fidget spinners

This isn't a stupid rule, in my opinion

Fidget spinners are cancerous!

Get rid of them ALL - Epikrika

29 No knives

Jeff The Killer hates this rule... - Pony

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

Well, there went my hope of bringing Jeffery with me on Halloween...

There are really sharp knifes in the Home Ec room that I have to cut tomatoes with because my team won’t do it!

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30 No flip flops

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

31 No tackle football

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

Some people went to the hospital from being tackled - Kangaroo1145

I am not talking about soccer, of course.

Why? Tackle football is fun!

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32 Freedom of speech is limited

@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

33 No crop tops or midriff baring uniforms

This actually kind of makes sense.

Crop tops are the wave

Targeted specifically at people with Alvinolagnia like me. - Lasvegasxavier

34 No riding bikes until end of school hours

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”

35 No food

This is bull because the PRINCIPAL keeps a bowl of chocolate and candy in his office- and I've heard rumours he steals and eats candy. Nobody, including me, follows this rule. It is TOO DUMB to follow.

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.

Can't learn on an empty stomach. Why did they even remove snack time past third grade? - MrLoser

Seriously? So what they will eat? - Sugarcubecorner

36 No staring

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

It makes them SWEAT - Epikrika

Wadafak is this rule? So ridiculous!

37 You can't play tag or any contact games

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

Some schools have this dumb rule - SammySpore

so dumb - Kangaroo1145

38 You have to wear a woollen jumper under your jacket


Bad rule - Kangaroo1145

39 No long hair

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 have middle length hair! - Sugarcubecorner

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

It's no sense rules, it has no effect on the learning process...( sorry for my poor english ^_^)

40 No selling

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

Not everyone is a drug dealer, teachers! - Scr3aM

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

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41 No blackmail

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

Well, this one is right! - Sugarcubecorner

42 You have to let anyone in your club

There is still this in middle school. I started a club with my friends and we got detention for not letting the 4 bullies join.

Once when I was like 7, I started a club with my friends. It wasn't a real club but the school I guess thought it was and they said I had to let anyone in. I was worried the bully Ty would want to join but he didn't thank god - SammySpore

43 Can't stand up at lunch

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


44 Water must be in a clear bottle.

This is pretty much coupled up with the 'water only in water bottles' rule. Otherwise, it'd be laughably easy to take sips of Dr. Pepper to power through lessons (yup, guilty of that, as my school thankfully never had this rule) - Entranced98

why though

NOT ME - Epikrika

Well now I can't secretly pack coke :( - XxembermasterxX

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45 No chewing with your mouth open

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

46 No sharing food

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

47 No hoodies

Worst rule!

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

48 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

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

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!

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

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

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.

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