Oh I've just realised why they REALLY make kids wear uniforms

So if they’re out and about during school hours everyone knows they’re bunking!

Never knew that!

Yeah because otherwise if I saw a group of school age kids hanging around in town during school hours I’d have no way of knowing they’re meant to be in school.

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i liked it because I could rebel against it with no real repercussions

You missed off the “I didn’t ever have one” option.

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Don’t be a dick, no one can tell how old someone is just by looking at them

yeah but you wouldn’t know which school to report them to would you?

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He’s talking absolute shit

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I will say this: in 13 years of schooling in inner London in schools with no uniform, I never recall this being a particular issue. Maybe it’s worse for girls, though, societal pressures being what they are.

I think the bottom line is kids will pick on other kids and they’ll pick something else.

You’re right, it’s literally impossible to tell an 11 year old from a 19 year old by mere sight alone.

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I’d just call the dog catcher, see what they can do with the nets.

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^the best goddamn truant officer The Perse has ever had

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It’d be harder to tell a 15 year old from a 19 year old unless your some sort of expert on little girls, is that what youre saying you are?

The thing is, you have to be pretty clued up to know which uniform goes with which school (particularly as they can change in seasons) and you’ve actually got to have the energy and time to ring up and say something.

If the kids have come to your attention it’s probably because they’ve done something bad. At this point you’ve got, what, 800 kids all dressed identically and you’re asked to describe them? Vs. non-uniformed kids who’ll actually be quite distinctive to pick out…

(Yes this is deliberately a bit devil’s advocate.)

Alright, Adam Johnson.

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gotta say

living in a country that doesn’t have school uniforms apart from like 3 fancy schools - you’re right.

It doesn’t even register when you see kids in civvies in the high street that they might ought to be in school. You see uniforms, they stand out immediately

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The school probably know the kid isnt there by their lack of presence, rather than relying on sleuthy passers by to spot them in the street

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Alright, Adam Johnson.

runs away, fast

I thought it was to break their spirits and get them ready for a lifetime of corporate drudgery?

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There’s at least two too many Adam Johnsons in this thread.