Do school uniforms affect a child's individuality?

Context: School uniforms were originally popular only in private schools but have become popular in private schools now. Uniforms in public schools is a debated issue because some believe it will help students focus more on their school work rather than the clothes someone is wearing while others believe it discourages kids to embrace who they are by forcing them to look like everyone else. Students discover who they are during their school years and show that through their personality and style. Uniforms depict what the student is to wear so students are unable to show who they are, but at the same time the school is given class and a particular look when they are worn. 
Pros: 
Uniforms in schools do not completely rid individuality. Students still have their personality that expresses who they are which is more important than what they wear. The uniform sets the student's identity for a school for which they can take pride in when confronted by students from other schools. Bullying is a growing issue in schools. Students are oftentimes bullied for the clothes they wear, so uniforms prevent that as well as "ensure that all students attending a school wear practical clothes". So while uniforms do not allow students to embrace who they are through their clothes at school, a person's personality on how they treat and act around others is much more important on terms of individuality. 

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 School uniforms are not a good idea starting with the fact that they limit students to express who they are while freedom of expression is a necessity stated in the U.S. Constitution. They are expensive items only to be worn to school and many parents cannot afford them. Other clothes the student has and likes can only be worn on the weekend cost money too, and the majority of those items sit in drawers or in closets more often than they are worn. Those clothes are outgrown quickly and rarely worn, wasting money. Individuality is important to growing students and uniforms are basically an expensive argument. 

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