Uggs Get the Boot in Local Middle School Ban

Pottstown Middle School bans Uggs and other “open-top” boots

By Teresa Masterson
|  Monday, Jan 30, 2012  |  Updated 11:13 AM EDT
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Pottstown Middle School is banning it's students from wearing boots. The school says it is having a problem with students storing their cell phones inside their footwear.

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Pottstown Middle School is banning it's students from wearing boots. The school says it is having a problem with students storing their cell phones inside their footwear.

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A boot ban has officially begun for students at Pottstown Middle School.

Parents and students alike are in an uproar about the school’s recent ban of “open top boots” because kids have been allegedly using the footwear to sneak contraband into class.

The boots in question are mostly Uggs, Pottstown School District director of community relations John Armato told the Pottstown Mercury.

Though the letter sent home to parents last Wednesday notifying them of the mid-calf boot ban did not specify what kind of contraband the middle school mules have been smuggling in their Uggs, cell phones and personal devices are strictly forbidden in class, reports the Mercury.

“Students may continue to wear outdoor boots to and from school to protect them from cold, snow and ice but need to change into a pair of sneakers or shoes before entering homeroom. Students may also continue to wear lace up, tight at the ankle, boots, shoes and high top sneakers,” Principal Gail Cooper wrote in the letter home.

Armato told the Mercury that the new rule is similar to the requirement that students take their winter coats and hats off when they get to school.

The ban went into effect Monday morning.

Tune into NBC10 at 6 p.m. for more information on this story.

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