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In an era of the rising concern over public school violence the controversy over the importance of mandatory uniform policy has been brought up as a debatable issue Because of the controversial nature of this matter those educators who advocate the uniform policy and those who condemn it are speaking out One of the reasons that this issue was brought up is the degradation of school environment Once considered sanctuaries of innocence and learning American schools today are often perceived as dangerous places The public recently has been busy by images of children shooting classmates and teachers leading to fears that violence is becoming a horrifying trend in schools across the nation Today the main problems that cause school violence are gangs firearms and weapons To reduce school crimes and enhance academic environment some parents and school administrators who believe that the uniforms will reduce gang activities suggested enforcing the mandatory uniform policy However their beliefs are misguided because the uniforms have no effects in contributing to a safer school environment in addition the uniforms bring further complex problems such as violation of the civil rights and economic problems Instead of implementing mandatory uniform policy that causes additional problems besides school crimes schools and the communities need to provide wiser procedures such as providing alternatives to gangs restricting mass gun sales and creating a visible law enforcement presence in the schools These methods unlike mandatory uniform policy will not only prevent but also help in bringing an end to school violence The leading cause of school violence in public schools today is gang violence Surprisingly 306 percent of students in 1995 reported that street gangs were present in their schools compared to 164 percent in 1989 Chandler Chapman Rand Taylor 9 Organized youth gangs are not limited to large inner-city areas as is commonly believed and membership crosses all racial and ethnic boundaries According to a survey conducted by the National
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