A place for two of our editors to debate a chosen topic.
Question: Should tattoos be allowed in high school?
Pro - Josh
Tattoos should most definitely be allowed at school. The school should not have a say on what a student does to his or her body. I would recommend that schools impose regulations on having the students cover their tattoos if they show bad content which could negatively affect his or her fellow students. However, students have their own choice of doing what they want to their bodies and should have no restrictions on how they express themselves. Should there be anyone stopping teenagers from having tattoos, it should be from their closest relatives or friends.
Some Christians also go against allowing their children getting tattoos on their body. They have the tendency to consider them as an “offensive form of body art.” But how about 1 Samuel 16:7: “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” The Bible states that our body is a temple. In my experience, I have never seen a temple that had not been adorned with some kind of decorations.
It’s funny how people refer to Leviticus 19:28, which states “Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the Lord,” to provide proof of why we should not have tattoos on our bodies. Why do they not mention the verse in prior to that statement that they use to defend their thoughts? Leviticus 19:27 says, “Do not cut the hair at the sides of your head or clip off the edges of your beard.” Unless those people who refer to Leviticus 19:28 have never cut the hair of the sides of their heads, I don’t think it is fair to use the verse to attack people who are fine with getting tattoos.
Tattoos also show stories of people’s lives. Usually, tattoos are a journal of one’s experience in life. They contain things that are considered significant to them. As I said, if they contain bad messages, they should be covered up in school. However, schools should have the respect to consider things that are meaningful to their students and not be harsh on students who have tattoos without giving them an opportunity to have a say on why they should be allowed to have tattoos.
Con - jaeeun
Society has become pretty open minded when it comes to diversity and personal expression. Body art, such as tattoos, wild hair colors, and piercings have become common, especially for the younger generation. Yet, the debate continues about students displaying tattoos freely at school. Are tattoos acceptable?
First of all, tattoos are still found as an offensive form of body art to some people. A school is a place of education, where students should receive education in a safe environment. However, if there are students projecting harmful images such as gang-related tattoos or cuss words on their bodies that everyone can see, it will not only be a disturbance to their fellow students, but the teachers will find it quite disturbing too.
Also, people who are under 18 are still legally minors. They are not allowed to make legal contracts, marry without their parents’ permission, or join the army. This is because they are not quite adults, and their brains have not fully developed yet to make decisions that could affect the rest of their lives. It is the same with not letting people under the age of 16 drive; they are not capable to make these decisions. Even though it is their body, most teens don’t know the risks and the commitment involved with getting a tattoo. The tattoos that they get are most likely the same tattoos that the other people get, so the creativity and expressing your self argument cannot be accepted.
These teenagers who get meaningless tattoos on the visible places of their bodies are not being considerate of the future, because in reality, many workplaces do not accept people with tattoos that can be seen at first glance. They want you to cover it up because it may seem “unprofessional” in some people’s eyes. But if the students, in their early stages of life, get a tattoo that cannot be erased and are clearly visible on their bodies, it is most likely that they will not be hired by the work forces.
We should wait until these teenagers are over 18, when they will have some maturity and common sense when deciding what they are going to permanently brand their bodies, so that they do not regret it in the future. Hence, tattoos should be banned in schools and dealt in a strict manner.