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

 That's a little bare.  The dance teams all wear this kind of stuff though.

Quoting lizmarie1975:

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.

 

 

 

 

cjsix
by Bronze Member on Aug. 28, 2013 at 3:56 PM
The fact is that cheerleader uniforms have become very risqué over the past several years. We want our children to be safe from preditors,oggling etc...but,then allow things like this. Change the uniforms to something more like would have worn 30-yes,even 40 years ago. When skirts were at least midthigh and the tops were shortsleeve,longsleeve or sometimes sleeveless depending on the season.
tooptimistic
by Kelly on Aug. 28, 2013 at 3:57 PM


This is in the St Pete area, and all the other HS have not allowed the cheerleaders to wear their uniforms for a while.  The wear spirit shirts and shorts. 

The dress code there is very strict, and they are not making exceptions. 

Its not a big deal.

Quoting lizzielouaf:

I was a cheerleader all through high school, we weren't allowed to wear our uniform during the academic day. I don't think that's unusual.



SilverSterling
by MrsSilverusSnape on Aug. 28, 2013 at 3:58 PM

my 11yrs Gymnastics outfits are worse and I can't get them big on her

pamelax3
by Gold Member on Aug. 28, 2013 at 3:58 PM

this is silly, if they are that bad why let them wear the uniform at all

gilbertgrl627
by Bronze Member on Aug. 28, 2013 at 3:59 PM

Honestly, the cheerleader uniforms have become worse and worse over the years. I can kind of see why the skirts might be that short, but....it's almost ridiculous anymore. If the cheerleading uniforms do not conform to the school dress code, then they should not be allowed to wear them during school.

LucyMom08
by Gold Member on Aug. 28, 2013 at 4:01 PM
I don't think that's unfair...if it's against dress code, and other students can't wear skirts like that, that's that...
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lizmarie1975
by Gold Member on Aug. 28, 2013 at 4:04 PM


I don't think it would have bothered me if it was only for the older girls. But when the kids were in competition, the younger kids looked silly wearing such a provocative outfit compared to the other girls in their bracket. We would go to local competitions to support the team. My daughter does gymnastics there so she has a few friends on the cheer team.

From what I understand, the cheerleaders scored quite low in all of their competitions whereas in previous years, they had always scored in the top 3. The only difference this past year was the uniforms. I think they worked against them

Quoting TranquilMind:

 That's a little bare.  The dance teams all wear this kind of stuff though.

Quoting lizmarie1975:

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.

 



 



rfhsure
by Bronze Member on Aug. 28, 2013 at 4:04 PM

I went to high school who wanted to be ccheerleaders specifically so they could wear the uniform. Personally I dont think the sjirts need to be as short as they are. And they're uniforms for games. None of the otherr teams wear uniforms for their game days. I don't see what the upset is about. theyre against the dress code, cheerleaders shouldnt get special priveleges at school yo wear them.

Alliemad_3
by on Aug. 28, 2013 at 4:11 PM
They are not vulgar for cheer leading. However, if they break code, they break code.

In my HS in the late 90s, the cheer leading uniforms were not in code. The girls could wear them on Fridays during football season so long as they wore a long sleeve shirt and leggings I see them.
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