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Cheerleaders ordered to wear sweat pants under their skirts or face punishment. "Cheeks are hanging out. We don't want them bending over"

Posted by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 8:32 PM
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Miniskirt ban at San Jose school also applies to cheerleader uniforms

Posted: 09/12/2011 04:17:34 PM PDT
Updated: 09/12/2011 10:55:54 PM PDT


 

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Courtesy of Antonia Bavilacqua -- Senior Cheer Girls of... ( Courtesy of Antonia Bavilacqua )

Here's a chant guaranteed to dampen the next pep rally: The new miniskirts for San Jose's Piedmont Hills High cheerleading squad are too R-I-S-Q-U-E!

Intent on cracking down on miniskirts, the high school's principal has decided the cheer squad's new uniforms also have no place in school.

Instead, said Principal Traci Williams, the cheerleaders must cover up with sweats to wear their uniforms during school.

"This is really unfair to us," said Piedmont High senior, Antonia Bavilacqua, 17, who is leading the vocal charge to change the principal's mind. The skirts are still OK for games, just not during school. "We're just sad and hurt. It's our school colors and spirit. And they're making us feel like outcasts."

The dress code at the East Side Union High School District campus isn't new -- and requiring that skirts or shorts stretch lower than mid-thigh is pretty universal school code around the country. What's new this year at Piedmont Hills is that the cheer skirts got shorter -- and it happened just as administrators began conducting "dress-code sweeps," yanking inappropriately dressed students out of class and into a special building until parents can be summoned with a change of clothes.

"Pockets are hanging out," Williams said of the offending skirts found during the sweeps. "Cheeks are hanging out. We don't want them bending over."

"Do you have a teenager?" added Vice Principal Jenner Perez. "Well, if you don't,


then you haven't seen how short these skirts are."

 

Even students find some of the skimpy attire, well, gross.

Yes, said senior Izak Joubert, the enforcement of the rules is "extremely stricter" this year, but there are some teenage girls who "look kind of ridiculous wearing their underpants to school."

But what does that have to do with a tailored, custom-made uniform that cost school cheerleaders $300? It's not clear who decided to raise the cheerleaders' hemlines. But the squad is aghast at the school's solution: Wearing sweatpants under a miniskirt is just "dorky," said senior squad member Sierra Burt.

Added one fellow cheerleader: "It's 95 degrees outside."

At one school in a place where it's really hot, Florida, cheerleaders were exempted from the no-miniskirt rule. And at neighboring San Jose Unified schools, cheerleaders can wear their skirts to school -- as long as they wear bike shorts or the like underneath.

Williams said she is all for school spirit. But when her Piedmont Hills Pirates beat the Evergreen Valley Cougars on Friday night, she couldn't help but check out their cheerleaders' skirts.

"And their skirts were mid-thigh," Williams said. "If our cheerleader's skirts were that long, this wouldn't be an issue."

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usmclife58
by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 8:36 PM

There is actually a second article to this :)

They apparently reached an agreement... The c'leaders will wear their tops with jeans to school from now on. That makes it fair to the other students that cannot get by with wearing a headband as a skirt to school.

I personally find the "compromise" to be a great thing.


Skierchick
by on Sep. 15, 2011 at 9:08 AM
As a former HS cheerleader, I had to wear those "tennis panties" underneath my uniform but I think bike shorts would be fine. We weren't allowed to wear our uniforms all day even on rally days. We could change in the afternoon before a rally or a game but we definitely were not traipsing around in school in our uniforms for any extended period of time and our butt cheeks weren't hanging out. I think the compromise sounds reasonable.
LivinDeadGurl
by on Sep. 15, 2011 at 10:30 AM

I am glad they came to a compromise.

When I was in high school they girls had to wear their full uniform, but could wear whatever they wanted to under them as long as it was school colors. 

KelliansMom
by on Sep. 15, 2011 at 10:32 AM

i always mention this in school when they would stress about our dress code i just didnt see it as fair (well most of the school didnt) 

but im glad they came to a compermise 

GCMomma
by on Sep. 15, 2011 at 10:37 AM

I like the compromise.  I never understood why there was one dress code for the cheerleaders and another for everyone else.  In middle school and high school, if I had a skirt that showed any part of my thigh, I was sent home.  But the cheerleaders walked around in basically bikinis on game days.  It was ridiculous.  

onefootcutiepie
by on Sep. 15, 2011 at 11:02 AM

 Why don't they get longer skirts? If it's inappropriate in school, it's inappropriate for games...

Barronbaby
by on Sep. 15, 2011 at 11:39 AM
If the do a lot of gymnastics during their cheers and what not skirts get in the way. Dd is only 5 and her skirts are long but she can't flip with her skirts. My sisters school did the same thing. But the cheerleaders were able to continue to wear the uniforms.

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 Why don't they get longer skirts? If it's inappropriate in school, it's inappropriate for games...

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Dardenella
by on Sep. 15, 2011 at 12:44 PM

So why couldn't they wear matching shorst under the outfits?

Sweatpants are so bulky.

Dardenella
by on Sep. 15, 2011 at 12:47 PM

USMClife that is a great compromise and a fair one.

SilvermistMandy
by on Sep. 15, 2011 at 2:17 PM

 Why can't the uniforms be lengthened a bit. If the skirts were a little bit longer they could just wear them. Anyway glad they came up with a compromise.

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