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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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SilverSterling
by MrsSilverusSnape on Aug. 28, 2013 at 3:47 PM

we were only allowed to wear our uniforms during homecoming and Spirit week

cjsbmom
by Lois Lane on Aug. 28, 2013 at 3:48 PM
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I agree with you. If they are that vulgar, they shouldn't be wearing them at all. 

Cheerleading uniforms have become rather slutty since I was in high school. There is no reason for our young women to be dressing like that in order to cheer on their home team. 

slashteddy
by Bronze Member on Aug. 28, 2013 at 3:49 PM

No, I don't think they're vulgar at all. But I agree with the reasoning that, if other students are not allowed shorts skirts and tank tops, then cheerleaders should not get a pass.

I don't understand banning them, though. My high school just had our cheerleaders wear pants under their skirts (they usually choose to wear their warm-up pants), and a white long-sleeve shirt under the top. It was never an issue, and no cheerleader, other student, or parents of either complained.

TranquilMind
by Platinum Member on Aug. 28, 2013 at 3:50 PM

 Scroll down on this page to see what teens used to wear, vs. what they wear today!

http://rikravado.hubpages.com/hub/Cheerleaders-Weird-Glamour

muslimah
by on Aug. 28, 2013 at 3:50 PM

 

Quoting SuperChicken:

I was a cheerleader.  We never wore our uniforms during the school day.  Mind you, our uniforms were not vulgar either.    Cheerleader uniforms are rather revealing these days.   Half tops and belts for skirts.

 

 Myself vulgar or not I think they should not be worn in school. It's really not a big deal to me if they do or they don't but I just think when going to school like anywhere else in public you should be dressed in clothes and look appropriate.

But it doesn't make any sense for them to say they are too vulgar then use them to represent the school. There's just no logic to that.

dancer
by Member on Aug. 28, 2013 at 3:52 PM

The skirts are way too short. I can see where they would be distracting boys from their class work.  When I was in school the cheerleaders were not allowed to wear the uniforms during school hours for the same reason.

SuperChicken
by on Aug. 28, 2013 at 3:53 PM

 


Quoting muslimah:

 

Quoting SuperChicken:

I was a cheerleader.  We never wore our uniforms during the school day.  Mind you, our uniforms were not vulgar either.    Cheerleader uniforms are rather revealing these days.   Half tops and belts for skirts.

 

 Myself vulgar or not I think they should not be worn in school. It's really not a big deal to me if they do or they don't but I just think when going to school like anywhere else in public you should be dressed in clothes and look appropriate.

But it doesn't make any sense for them to say they are too vulgar then use them to represent the school. There's just no logic to that.

I agree.

 

lizmarie1975
by Gold Member on Aug. 28, 2013 at 3:53 PM

Put this on a 7 year old...


She did it when the uniforms showed just a portion of her stomach...but I had hers sized big. From what I understand the cheer team lost quite a few members and they're holding tryouts now but really not filling any spots.

Also, the uniform above is no longer acceptable beginning in 2014 or 2015.

Quoting TranquilMind:

 Show us!  (Or something similar, from the website, if you can)

Quoting lizmarie1975:

You want to see vulgar? You should have seen the cheer uniform that my daughter's competitve cheer squad ordered this year. You've never seen a child pulled so fast from an activity.

 



snookyfritz
by Platinum Member on Aug. 28, 2013 at 3:54 PM

Instead of banning it during the school day, they should ban it at any time.  I wouldn't let my daughter wear that

lizmarie1975
by Gold Member on Aug. 28, 2013 at 3:54 PM



Quoting muslimah:

 

Quoting SuperChicken:

I was a cheerleader.  We never wore our uniforms during the school day.  Mind you, our uniforms were not vulgar either.    Cheerleader uniforms are rather revealing these days.   Half tops and belts for skirts.


 Myself vulgar or not I think they should not be worn in school. It's really not a big deal to me if they do or they don't but I just think when going to school like anywhere else in public you should be dressed in clothes and look appropriate.

But it doesn't make any sense for them to say they are too vulgar then use them to represent the school. There's just no logic to that.

Agreed.


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