Top Ten Most Pointless Rules In School


The Top Ten

1 Uniforms required

We have to wear uniforms at my school and they suck, the girls aren't allowed to wear shorts after 5th grade because it is "distracting" to the boys, we have to wear dress-type pants and we can only wear three colors of school pants: black, navy, or blue. We have to wear full-color polo shirts, but we are not allowed to wear royal blue or red because they are considered "gang colors". we are not allowed to wear hoodies, or sweaters with words of them... we are not allowed to have unnatural hair colors, facial piercings, or showing tattoos. We are also not allowed to wear open-toed shoes. The only exception to our uniform is if a student has a leg injury and cannot wear school pants, or if you are a part of a sport and you are going to practice. We must also wear ID's all day, every day, and if you lost yours or forgot it, you can pay $1 for a temporary paper ID or you can spend $20 on a brand new ID. Side note: (we are not allowed to have our phones out except for lunch, or if the ...more

We can only wear grey that is it.

Thank god my school doesn't have uniforms, I think they do this to avoid offensive or 18+ shirts.

Sometimes wearing School Uniform to School is a good thing:
If you're going on an excursion/field trip and you got lost, then at least you'll be able to recognized the same uniform that you're wearing with other students that go to your School. But if you're not wearing School Uniform on an excursion/field trip then you might get lost maybe easily (not in a bad way).

2 No bathroom breaks

Isn't this like actually illegal - Captain-Marverica

This wasn't fun rule I have had a time I had to go and I was told no - trains45

Why do I have to ask to release my body fluids

I wish we can wear diapers to school because of this

3 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

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.

If you are reading this and you are being bullied, please stand up for yourself, don't listen to the teachers!

So they want us to get beat up?

4 No electronics

I can't even look at my phone for the time I think no electronics is dumb

This one time in class I was wearing my Fitbit Versa! Because it looks so much like an apple watch, that's what the teacher thought it was. Anyway, the teacher had broken her foot so she couldn't move to the whiteboard, so we all assembled around her desk. I and a few other kids were shoved to the back. The teacher was explaining something and I tapped my watch to see the time. Unfortunately, the teacher looked up at this specific moment. She seen me "playing" (her words not mine) on my watch and she confiscated it. I didn't get it back till Friday (it was Tuesday) and she told me never to wear it to school again. I did, by the way! Stuff the rules! All I wanted was the time! - oceanbreezetheawesomewarrior

I think we should use are phones

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

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

This happened to me, and the school is wondering why I have anorexia

Some students are poor and school administrators are idiots to make them starve.

Simple solution; bring a packed lunch.

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.

6 Must do homework

I am a school teacher, AND I agree with y'all. Now, this is not a rule per say usually but more of a policy. For example, teachers must have so many homework grades per six weeks. I always like for my students to complete their work in class if possible however, so I can target appropriate interventions. And when it comes to projects, I want to make certain students are actually completing their own, not the parent. Plus, I more than well aware of the plethora of things that exist beyond the school doors, and I don't like to magnify my own stress level either. Life is just too short. On the rare occasions that I assign "homework" it may be to simply study for a spelling test, or maybe just a short reflection paragraph or something of that nature. Ultimately, I believe in in-class time and maximizing it. This is better for student and teacher mindsets.

There will always be homework happy teachers, though, I am afraid... lol... - Listlover77

See teachers that do this piss me off. There is no reason for you to stand there and lecture and go off on tangents for a hour then do a hour of work just to be handed a ass ton of homework. It makes no sense. Luckily most homework at my school is just unfinished work to be done at home and not work assigned for home. However there is a few teachers who think that school is a lifestyle not just 7 hours five days a week. There was one teacher who gave us a project over Christmas that pissed me off. - Dannny828283

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.

All skills care bout is hw

7 Have to take P.E.

In my school P.E is an elective and it is not mandatory. Personally I am not the athletic kid, so I don't like it. I am trying to switch out of P.E right now. I did not choose to do P.E, I had to because I'm in quarter three, and my old class changed to P.E. With my luck I'm most likely going to have to stay in P.E.

It is amazing as to how ignorant the world is in regards to their health. I also feel bad because apparently PE teachers are not doing their job in demonstrating why it is so important. The sad part is, all the people commenting about how pointless P.E. is...will only learn its importance when it is too late for them. I also feel sorry for the people whose P.E. class was only sports and nothing more. That is not P.E., that is recess. For those of you who believe PE is a waste of time...Good luck to you!

This is dumb. I really liked the coaches but hated the class. - Dannny828283

I hated pe because its embarrassing. I wasnt strong, athletic, or good at sports and everyone bullied me for it

8 No chewing gum

I get that people might stick gum on your seat and it may get stuck to your pants but there's a simple solution without banning gum. No sticking gum on seats! I chew gum in class basically every day and the teachers get SUPER mad when you get busted! I've always seen this rule as completely pointless because gum not only gives you fresh breath but can also act a stress reliever and you're at school, so, your gonna need a stress reliever. - oceanbreezetheawesomewarrior

I get it people are nasty and stuck it weird places because their too lazy to spit it out I. The trash can. - Dannny828283

It's so stupid. But even if students put gum under the seats not all students with gum will put gum on seats ffs

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.

9 Not allowed to choose own seats

If I am in a well behaved class and the teacher makes rules like this it pisses me off. - Dannny828283

In some classes, I'm forced to sit by people who scream in my ear! why can't I change that?!

I am grade 5 so yea I can

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...

10 No hats or beanies

Are they worried it will block my view or make me hard to identify? You can tell who I am just fine when I wear a hat! At least there are some days where you can pay to wear a hat and not get in trouble.

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

They should let us wear a hat if we get a bad haircut or something like that.

That ones a tricky one - Dannny828283

The Newcomers

? No girls can have their hair shorter than their ears

I don’t know if any other school has this rule, but my school does - oceanbreezetheawesomewarrior

The Contenders

11 No eating in class

Have this at middle school too

Oh so you guys all are in high school!


Yeah the only aception is in science

12 No hard balls

So, boners are banned?

My balls got hard lmao - BigFatNoob

Hard balls are hard

Yes Cop This One Right Here - Thethingman

13 No talking

Then how are you supposed to plan out when to play Terraria with your friends?

Just, why. I can do the Assignment while talking and get it done!

Some teachers man just think that we have to be bored and miserable for 8 hours, 5 days a week, for 13 years. - Dannny828283

They expect us to be robots and show no emotions.

14 Must participate in plays

That’s sucked when I was in elementary - Dannny828283

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

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

I'm not gonna participate in any more plays.

15 No 'unnatural' hair colors

Definitely never had this issue - Dannny828283

Why can't I express myself?

We're allowed to have it, but as long as it is not all of the hair (ex: streaks, half dyes etc). - XxembermasterxX

Freedom of expression - GleamingShadow

16 Not allowed to choose the song in a play

No coon tunes

Kids: Let's play good songs!
Teacher: Alvin and the chipmunks christmas it is! - 0w0uwu

See if they played more county instead of the BS they play people would like it more. - Dannny828283

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

All the songs in the plays are terrible. - Videogamesgal

17 Shorts and leggings must be arm length

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

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

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

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?

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 Must wear black shoes

I have to wear black shoes all the time

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

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?

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

20 No Teletubbies

Who cares? Teletubbies is for babies. - 3DG20

That rule...what!

Teletubbies is life

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

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?!?!

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

22 No groups of friends over 5

Thank god my school doesn't have this rule.

I luckily never had this issue. Maybe they think people over five is a gang even if it is the Christian church kids like me. - Dannny828283

This makes no sense what so ever at all

Not fair for the popular

23 No throwing snowballs

Unless you're 5, this rule is pointless, throwing snow doesn't hurt at all.

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.

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

Not even in water fountains? - NuMetalManiak

25 No crop tops or bikinis on non uniform day

Bikinis is acceptable

The no bikinis rule is completely understandable. This is school, not a beach. - 3DG20

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 long hair

Is it boys or both

Lol lacks equality.

Never been a problem but even though I don’t have long hair this would piss me off. - Dannny828283

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

27 No couples

Never had this problem. However anything over a quick kiss will get you detention. - Dannny828283

Wait a sec...

Some schools don't have couples? - GamerXS

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

28 No staring

The teachers stare at the students all the time!

The teacher: O_O - 0w0uwu

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

Wadafak is this rule? So ridiculous!

29 No fidget spinners


I have seen teachers with there own before

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.

30 No flip flops

You can only wear closed toe shoes - SirSheep

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

31 You have to let anyone in your club

What if they're annoying?

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.

In my school no clubs are allowed

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

32 No knives

This is very understandable and should be a very strict rule if it is not a butter knife. - 3DG20

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

Jeff The Killer hates this rule... - Pony

33 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.

They teach us the amendments then they take all our rights 🤔

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

34 No running

How else do we get there on tom?

Schools discourage taking too much time getting to class but also discourage running, how else am I supposed to get to class? besides, even If I almost run into someone, I can stop in time.

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!

35 No tackle football

That's at my school

Some people went to the hospital from being tackled - Kangaroo1145

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

Why? Tackle football is fun!

36 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”

37 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.

38 No sharing food

I am not allergic to anything but cat fur also I am sure that they would ask if it had what they are allergic to in

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

It’s annoying and dumb-AnimalsRule

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

39 No hoodies

If you tried to hide something in a hoodie while sitting down it will either fall out or be unreachable so teachers should just shut up.

The dumbest rule in our schools

In my old school, we couldn't wear hoodies, only school hoodies like what

Believe it or not, this is a much needed rule. Too many things can be hidden inside hoodies. If you're ever on the other side of that desk, your perspective will change. - Listlover77

40 Not being allowed to watch PG movies

Well in Year 11, we watched a 15 movie.
Wait till you're older.

Lol, back when Frozen came out we watched it in kindergarden and Frozen is PG.

This is so dumb

Never had this problem. - Dannny828283

41 You have to wear a woollen jumper under your jacket

My school has this and the schools woolen jumper is like you're wearing the embodiment of a snowman, it is so stuffy. I don't need my stomach to be more warm during winter; I'm already wearing stockings, shirt, skirt and jacket do you want me to die?

Bad rule - Kangaroo1145

My high school didn’t allow jackets


42 Water must be in a clear bottle.

They had this rule at my elementary school. By the second week my teacher stopped enforcing it. I loved that teacher.

Well, if all else fails, you can still pack some other clear drink like vodka. - 3DG20

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

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

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

Long sleeve shirts? If you can't afford, most schools will provide assistance. I know from time to time I've purchased some just to have on hand for students needing them. No excuses. I remove my cardigan or coat to model for students and expect the same. Do some people naturally have a lower body temperature than others? Of course, but excuse land needs to be left behind in Kindergarten. I am not saying there would never be an extenuating circumstance, specifically during testing or if you live in an area (state or country with a polar climate.) The problem: once so many exceptions are employed, the waters become murky. When you say jacket (hoodie or anything with multiple pockets= NO! ); however, if it were a simple jacket with no pockets, no hood, and the zipper left open that's more reasonable. You must follow whatever the school policy dictates, however. - Listlover77

Ok ill freeze to death if you want me to

-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!

44 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

This actually kind of makes sense.

Crop tops are the wave

45 Can't stand up at lunch

Me: Raises hand for 1000 years
*No one answers*
Me: Stands up for two seconds

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


46 No selling

We don't sell that can get you banned

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

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

47 No blackmail

Can get you banned

If my school had this I would have told on those 2 kids for doing it to me over and over. But it didn't

Pokemaster8956 (Ignore this because that is how I know I wrote it)

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

Well, this one is right! - Sugarcubecorner

48 You can't play tag or any contact games

Every single school has this now, thank god they're not strict on it at my school now

Pre-Schooler: Tag!
Police officer: You are under arrest for first degree battery - 0w0uwu

Some schools have this dumb rule - SammySpore

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

49 No chewing with your mouth open

Its annoying

So basically, no chewing like an animal? Then this is completely understandable as you should’ve learned to chew with your mouth closed when at maybe 2 at the oldest. - 3DG20

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

50 No rolling backpacks

Could be worse...America on about lockers all the time.

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

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