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People are sharing the 'dumbest' rules their schools enforced when they were younger, with bans on everything from backpacks and throwing snowballs to... erm, dildos.
A Reddit user posed the questions to others on the forum site yesterday (17 May), writing: "What's the dumbest rule your school ever enforced?"
The thread now has more than 35,000 comments as people share the weird and wonderful regulations they had to follow as kids.
One person recalled: "After 9/11, my school instituted a zero tolerance policy on bullying and violence. What 9/11 had to do with bullying, I don't know.
"Anyways, Halloween 2001, I dressed up as the guy from Clockwork Orange. He carries a cane around.
"The principle pulled me aside, told me walking around with a cane could be a weapon, therefore just walking with it is an act of violence, and suspended me for a couple of days, telling me that after 9/11, 'we don't mess around with that kind of stuff'."
Another wrote: "My school had three staircases along a very long corridor. We were banned from using the middle staircase because it got overcrowded.
"The ban was lifted once they realised it only made the other two staircases just as crowded."
A third said: "Banned all backpacks/bags on campus. Students were expected to somehow carry everything they needed in hand.
"This was especially challenging if you had a non-ideal locker placement."
Another said kids received a one-day suspension for throwing snowballs, meaning people 'would throw snowballs to get an additional day added to the long weekend'.
A sixth said in 1997/98 their school had 'toilet paper rationing'.
They explained: "Apparently the high school girls room was going through too much toilet paper so the dean, a woman, stood outside the door and distributed a few squares of 1-ply institutional toilet paper to us as we went in.
"If she noticed toilet paper on the floor, our ration got cut down. If we asked for more for... bigger jobs...we were told to save it for home."
And things got weirder still, with another user revealing they had a dildo ban.
They explained: "Dildos were banned. The school never thought they would have to print those words. You would think it was a given.
"Until a senior bought 100 dildos and snuck them around the school every day for two weeks straight."
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