Students may no longer wear mouth jewelry known as "grillz" - shiny teeth caps - or the earlobe-stretching practice known as "gauging."Maybe this is the old man emerging in me, but neither of these particularly appeal to me. "Grillz" just strike me as being gaudy and ostentatious. Granted, they started out of the hip-hop community, and that seems to be their entire purpose, still though. I think they look hideous, like that obscenely large and multi-colored jewelry you find at Famous Barr that only your grandmother and transvestites seems to love.
"The district is having to respond to fads because they've become distracters or a safety hazard for those around them," said Malcolm Turner, the district's executive director of student services.
As for "gauging," I look at that one the same way as tattoos. Sure, you may thing putting giant holes in your ears is "cool" and "fashionable" now, but just wait until you're 40. Suddenly, you'll wonder why you made permanent changes to your body which make you now look like a circus freak.
The worst case of gauging I ever saw? I ran into a guy at Wal-Mart in Bloomington who had padlocks hanging from his ears . . . they were so stretched, the locks were sitting on his shoulders. Yeah, have fun with that when you're an adult, dude.