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Florida schools banning cheerleaders from wearing uniforms during school because they are ‘too vulgar'

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Florida schools banning cheerleaders from wearing uniforms during school because they are ‘too vulgar'

School spirit is taking a back seat to fashion propriety in Florida, where a school district is banning its own cheerleaders from wearing their uniforms during the school day.

As first reported by the Tampa Bay Times, the Pinellas School District is refusing to allow cheerleaders at a number of its schools from wearing their uniforms during the school day. According to upset parents, it was decided that the uniforms were against the district's dress code because the sleeveless tops and short skirts that are universally identified with school cheerleaders are deemed "too vulgar."

 

Countryside cheerleader Jenna Fraser in her uniform that is banned during the school day - Doug Fraser photo

Countryside cheerleader Jenna Fraser in her uniform that is banned during the school day - Doug Fraser photo

According to Clearwater (Fl.) Countryside High Principal Gary Schlereth, allowing the cheerleaders to wear their uniforms maintains a double standard for other students who might then feel it was acceptable to wear shorter skirts than they are allowed.

"A parent looks at their son or daughter getting 'dress coded' for wearing something short," Schlereth told the Times. "Then they look at the cheerleading uniform and they say, 'What about that?'"

While there is legitimate logic behind the ban, the decision to keep area cheerleaders from wearing their uniforms on game days is a sudden departure from past tradition.

The policy shift isn't just taking place at Countryside. In fact, schools across the Tampa-St. Petersburg region are following suit, with the likes of Clearwater (Fl.) Gibbs High, St. Petersburg (Fl.) High and St. Petersburg (Fl.) Northeast High all joining in on the new game-day uniform ban, at least until an acceptable solution to both lengthen skirts during the day and provide arm cover is agreed upon.

In the meantime, the parents of cheerleaders who looked forward to the tradition of wearing uniforms on game days are distraught that their children are being cheated out of a practice they feel is an integral part of the cheerleading experience.

"The girls are there to promote the school," Norma Fraser, whose daughter Jeana Fraser is a sophomore cheerleader on the varsity squad at Countryside, told ABC News Tampa Bay. "My daughter loves Countryside. She wants this to be a positive thing and she wants to keep the tradition and so do I."

 

 

If they are too vulgar, why are they wearing them at ANY time?

Do YOU think these cheer uniforms are vulgar?

by on Aug. 28, 2013 at 3:33 PM
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FrogSalad
by Sooze on Aug. 30, 2013 at 5:02 AM

Who's in charge of choosing the cheer uniforms?  If the school approves the uniforms and they aren't too "vulgar" to be worn during games, then they aren't too vulgar to be seen by students during the school day, either.

LaughCryLive
by Silver Member on Aug. 30, 2013 at 6:00 AM
LOL, well I guess your school had stricter rules but doesn't change my opinion on exempting them from school dress code. They have a dress code for a reason and everyone needs to follow it. They could make the uniforms more appropriate.
Quoting Bigmetalchicken:

It is a huge commitment. Cheerleading is a very expensive and time consuming sport. Most schools have a very strict ethics contract that the cheerleaders must sign as well.  I know when I was in school, if my GPA went under 3.8, I would be suspended. If I did not complete 80 hours of civic service every 9 weeks, I would be suspended. Doing anything that might jeopradize the reputation of the school, while in uniform (ie, smoking, drinking, cussing, fighting, acting improperly) was an instant ticket to being kicked off the squad.  And those are just the things that come to mind off the top of my head, and does not include the several thousand dollars I paid for gear, camp, and gym time. Or the Practice hours. Or the freaking 'team fundraisers'.    It is not something you get into just because you want to wear a cute uniform. 

Quoting LaughCryLive:

LOL. Commitment to school. LOL


Quoting Bigmetalchicken:

They are not vulgar, and this is an argument that has been around at the very least since the nineties. I remember hearing other girls complain all the time about how it was unfair that the cheerleaders were allowed to wear their uniforms, but they could not wear short shorts.

I think a good alternative would be for the cheerleaders to wear a cute polo and jeans on game day, and dress out in the uniform for the pep rally performance only.  Best of both worlds. They get to cheer the school on, but there is no double standard for the kids that want to wear short stuff.  The fact is, unless you have made the commitment to your school, the way that cheerleaders do, those other kids and there parents will not bother to even try and see the difference between the two.





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Bigmetalchicken
by Silver Member on Aug. 30, 2013 at 8:24 AM

Did I say they should be exempt? No. I said that I actually agree with it, and they could think of cute alternative outfits for gameday, and just dress out for the pep rally.  They could do jeans with a cute woman's cut polo, in a school color, with their names monogrammed on, and a matching hairbow. 

The only thing I said that comes close to possibly sounding like I think they should be exempt, is where I said that the students and parents who have not made that commitment may not understand why the cheerleaders and their parents are upset.

Another thing, the cheerleaders do not get to choose the uniforms. The coaches, sponsors, and someone in administration choose the uniforms. The only thing the cheerleaders do is pay for them. So that is another reason I could see the parents getting mad about this.

Quoting LaughCryLive:

LOL, well I guess your school had stricter rules but doesn't change my opinion on exempting them from school dress code. They have a dress code for a reason and everyone needs to follow it. They could make the uniforms more appropriate.
Quoting Bigmetalchicken:

It is a huge commitment. Cheerleading is a very expensive and time consuming sport. Most schools have a very strict ethics contract that the cheerleaders must sign as well.  I know when I was in school, if my GPA went under 3.8, I would be suspended. If I did not complete 80 hours of civic service every 9 weeks, I would be suspended. Doing anything that might jeopradize the reputation of the school, while in uniform (ie, smoking, drinking, cussing, fighting, acting improperly) was an instant ticket to being kicked off the squad.  And those are just the things that come to mind off the top of my head, and does not include the several thousand dollars I paid for gear, camp, and gym time. Or the Practice hours. Or the freaking 'team fundraisers'.    It is not something you get into just because you want to wear a cute uniform. 

Quoting LaughCryLive:

LOL. Commitment to school. LOL


Quoting Bigmetalchicken:

They are not vulgar, and this is an argument that has been around at the very least since the nineties. I remember hearing other girls complain all the time about how it was unfair that the cheerleaders were allowed to wear their uniforms, but they could not wear short shorts.

I think a good alternative would be for the cheerleaders to wear a cute polo and jeans on game day, and dress out in the uniform for the pep rally performance only.  Best of both worlds. They get to cheer the school on, but there is no double standard for the kids that want to wear short stuff.  The fact is, unless you have made the commitment to your school, the way that cheerleaders do, those other kids and there parents will not bother to even try and see the difference between the two.






witchybabymomma
by Member on Aug. 30, 2013 at 11:26 AM

 I don't have an issue with the tops but I have always felt most cheerleader skirts were too short. Schools need to purchase longer skirts period not just try to find a way to lengthen them during the day.

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