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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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isaacsmommy68
by on Aug. 28, 2013 at 5:23 PM
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.




I agree. The little girls (like 5 years old) did a show at our stadium. It was baaaaad! They looked like strippers. I could not believe their mothers allowed it. One had underarmour under her's so her belly and chest did not hang out. It was too bad because they were talented. You just couldn't get past the uniforms. The ones in this pic are not too bad. Just lengthen the skirt a little.
lizmarie1975
by Gold Member on Aug. 28, 2013 at 5:30 PM


People were referring to the little girls as prostitots.

The underarmor is not allowed in our cheer/gymnastics school.

Quoting isaacsmommy68:

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.




I agree. The little girls (like 5 years old) did a show at our stadium. It was baaaaad! They looked like strippers. I could not believe their mothers allowed it. One had underarmour under her's so her belly and chest did not hang out. It was too bad because they were talented. You just couldn't get past the uniforms. The ones in this pic are not too bad. Just lengthen the skirt a little.



Della529
by Matlock on Aug. 28, 2013 at 5:31 PM

 It's tradition.  Those who don't like them need to get over it.

Quoting pamelax3:

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

 

quickbooksworm
by Silver Member on Aug. 28, 2013 at 5:36 PM
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Cheerleaders want to maintain that they are athletes and need to wear something they can move in. I get it. However not all athletic wear is school appropriate. Football players and Tue marching band have alternate things to wear on game days, no reason the cheerleaders can't do that too.
isaacsmommy68
by on Aug. 28, 2013 at 5:36 PM
Quoting lizmarie1975:

People were referring to the little girls as prostitots.

The underarmor is not allowed in our cheer/gymnastics school.


Quoting isaacsmommy68:
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.




I agree. The little girls (like 5 years old) did a show at our stadium. It was baaaaad! They looked like strippers. I could not believe their mothers allowed it. One had underarmour under her's so her belly and chest did not hang out. It was too bad because they were talented. You just couldn't get past the uniforms. The ones in this pic are not too bad. Just lengthen the skirt a little.





Sounds about right. They should put more into their talent than the uniforms.
cjsbmom
by Lois Lane on Aug. 28, 2013 at 5:39 PM
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Meh, I don't buy the "we need a short skirt so we can move in it" excuse. I take kung fu in full uniform, and I am moving around pretty athletically. It has yet to prevent me from completing my task. 

Quoting quickbooksworm:

Cheerleaders want to maintain that they are athletes and need to wear something they can move in. I get it. However not all athletic wear is school appropriate. Football players and Tue marching band have alternate things to wear on game days, no reason the cheerleaders can't do that too.


pamelax3
by Gold Member on Aug. 28, 2013 at 5:39 PM

 

I realize it is a tradition, but if people think they are to vulgar for school why would they let them wear them on the football field while doing all the gymnastics that cheerleaders do

Quoting Della529:

 It's tradition.  Those who don't like them need to get over it.

Quoting pamelax3:

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

 


 

sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Aug. 28, 2013 at 5:46 PM
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The message from the school

Here's a uniform that makes you look like a whore

Wear it and shake your ass ok the field

Don't dare dress like a school sanctioned whore in school



Quoting tooptimistic:


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.




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Bellarose0212
by Bronze Member on Aug. 28, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Why not just make the uniforms a bit longer?

PamR
by Pam on Aug. 28, 2013 at 5:48 PM

They're vulgar at school but not at football games? 

I don't think they are vulgar.  Way back in my high school days, in the 70s, the cheerleaders wore their uniforms to school on game days.  No one cared.

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