Producers of The War On Kids Offer Prison Clothes to Students

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The makers of the documentary, The War on Kids ( are offering authentic black and white prison shirts and orange inmate hats to students. The clothing is meant to dramatize how public school students are treated like prisoners, the film's producers said.

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Are Students Prisoners?

With locker and backpack searches, random drug testing, zero tolerance, police officers walking the halls, metal detectors, security cameras, and drug sniffing dogs, many of the features of prisons are present in public schools.

Producers of the documentary, The War on Kids, which shows how public schools resemble prisons, are providing prisoner clothing for public school students to purchase.

Have schools become prisons for public school children? With locker and backpack searches, random drug testing, zero tolerance, police officers walking the halls, metal detectors, security cameras, drug sniffing dogs, and pharmaceuticals prescribed to make kids docile, many of the features of prisons are certainly present in America’s public schools. In fact, the same architects who design prisons are designing America’s public schools and both institutions often share the same food suppliers.

The War on Kids shows how discipline has taken precedence over education. This 95-minute documentary reveals that funds that could go toward educational resources are instead used for security measures which have been repeatedly proven not to be effective at deterring crime. Instead, they create an oppressive environment that is psychologically debilitating where children feel like they are in jail. Learning is adversely impacted and this kind of treatment has negative consequences for democracy at large as public school children are trained to endure having no say in what they can do or how they are treated, while they are deprived of virtually all civil rights.

To draw attention to this dismal state, the producers of The War on Kids are providing students with the opportunity to purchase authentic prisoner shirts and hats in their schools. Film director, Cevin Soling, has acknowledged the possibility that school administrators might prevents kids from dressing in prison clothes, but he added, “Ordering students not to wear prison uniforms would be comically hypocritical. Many administrators expect kids to adhere to any demand they make regardless of whether or not it is fair, so it is unlikely that they will comprehend the irony.” He expects there will be some kind of backlash.

Cevin had to approach many prison suppliers before he could find one that was willing to allow prisoner clothes to be distributed outside of the prison population. The design selected is the traditional black and white striped shirt which is still worn in many prisons around the country. In addition, orange baseball style hats that display the word “inmate” are also being offered on the film’s website:

The War on Kids was featured on The Colbert Report and MSNBC and has been shown theatrically and at major universities and will soon be broadcast internationally on The Sundance Channel.

For more information please contact info(at)spectaclefilms(dot)com.


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