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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
Replies (31-40):
sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Aug. 28, 2013 at 4:26 PM

 I think the school is being irresponsible

If they are "vulgar" why are they put on the kids at ALL...in school or on the field?

My daughter did cheer one year and wasn't a fan, she said the uniforms were skimpy (and they were WAY more conservative than whats shown)

I wouldnt want my kid at a school that decided to give my child "vulgar" clothes to wear...anywhere

sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Aug. 28, 2013 at 4:28 PM

 Exactly

and why don't the PARENTS say something?

Quoting RobinChristine:

So why is it OK for them to be seen by hundreds of people  at a  game,I think they need a new cheer outfit

 

Sekirei
by Nari Trickster on Aug. 28, 2013 at 4:32 PM
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Quoting TranquilMind:

 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

Ok, the pictures of today are of professional sports cheerleaders (adults) and are not good for comparison

and I agree with your premise.. up to a point. 

I can see why the cheerleading costumes have become smaller.But, so I can make a slightly more informed opinion, Did the girls in the 50's and 60's do a lot of tumbling in their uniforms?

TimetoMomUp
by Runt on Aug. 28, 2013 at 4:34 PM

I don't think they are vulgar but this hardly seems like news.  (Not talking about you, just the story in general)  In my high school, 15 years ago, cheerleaders could not wear their uniforms during the day either. 

stringtheory
by Gold Member on Aug. 28, 2013 at 4:42 PM
I was going to say something similar. My 11 year old dd wouldn't be able to wear her gymnastics leotard to school because of the dress code, but its not "vulgar," just appropriate only for competition. Could the swim team at the school run around in their bathing suits on meet days? Lol, no. Not that I don't understand why some cheerleader uniforms bug people, I just don't agree necessarily with "if its inappropriate for school, its inappropriate at any function."

Quoting SilverSterling:

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

TranquilMind
by Platinum Member on Aug. 28, 2013 at 4:48 PM

 I don't think so.  Not as much as today.  I only remember the 70's cheerleaders.  There were flips and lifts and things like that but not crazy stuff like today.  They still wore shorts under the skirt.

Quoting Sekirei:


Quoting TranquilMind:

 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

Ok, the pictures of today are of professional sports cheerleaders (adults) and are not good for comparison

and I agree with your premise.. up to a point. 

I can see why the cheerleading costumes have become smaller.But, so I can make a slightly more informed opinion, Did the girls in the 50's and 60's do a lot of tumbling in their uniforms?

 

Sekirei
by Nari Trickster on Aug. 28, 2013 at 4:49 PM


Quoting TranquilMind:

 I don't think so.  Not as much as today.  I only remember the 70's cheerleaders.  There were flips and lifts and things like that but not crazy stuff like today.  They still wore shorts under the skirt.

Quoting Sekirei:


Quoting TranquilMind:

 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

Ok, the pictures of today are of professional sports cheerleaders (adults) and are not good for comparison

and I agree with your premise.. up to a point. 

I can see why the cheerleading costumes have become smaller.But, so I can make a slightly more informed opinion, Did the girls in the 50's and 60's do a lot of tumbling in their uniforms?

 

With the longer skirts, the tumbling they do today could be dangerous (even more so)

however, I do think they could be less.. .skanky looking.

furbabymum
by Gold Member on Aug. 28, 2013 at 4:55 PM

  I thought my HS cheer uniforms were skanky. Why anything women do has to involve tiny skirts I just do not know....

TruthSeeker.
by Milami on Aug. 28, 2013 at 5:00 PM
At my daughter's school they can't wear anything shorter than 4 inches above the knee. These uniforms would def be a violation of dress code.
NWP
by guerrilla girl on Aug. 28, 2013 at 5:16 PM

I remember being in high school and wondering about the hypocrisy of letting the cheer leaders wear uniforms that were so obviously against dress code.. It seemed to lend itself to an entitled atmosphere supportive of cliched HS stereotypes. But in the big picture of things seems not that important   

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