A principal in San Jose, Calif., is cracking down on her school’s cheerleading squad for their skirts being too short and not in line with the school’s rules.
Skirts and shorts at the school are supposed to be lower than mid-thigh, which is the pretty common standard. (You usually hear it has to reach the tip of the middle finger.)
“As first reported by the San Jose Mercury News, the move to make cheerleaders wear sweats under their uniforms was enforced so they could fall in line with a dress code that requires all skirts or shorts to stretch lower than mid-thigh. As you can see in the photo at right, the Piedmont cheerleaders’ custom-tailored uniforms come relatively close to achieving that benchmark, but (Principal Traci) Williams declared that they didn’t quite hit it, leading to the necessary adjustments.”
“Administrators feel that they have a valid reason for stepping up enforcement of the miniskirt ban. While standards in teen clothing in school can vary widely from state to state, Williams described the attire worn by many of the students at Piedmont as ranging from slightly inappropriate to nearly lewd….”
“This is really unfair to us,” Piedmont senior cheerleader Antonia Bavilacqua told the Mercury News. The skirts are still OK for games, just not during school. “We’re just sad and hurt. It’s our school colors and spirit. And they’re making us feel like outcasts.”
The cheerleaders’ custom-made uniforms cost about $300. Plus the cheerleader’s say it’s 95 degrees outside and the sweatpants under the skirts look dorky.
I think there are other more fashion-forward ways the principal could rectify this situation without the girls having to wear sweatpants. First off, don’t cheerleaders wear little “panties” that cover their bottoms so their underwear aren’t hanging out? Also there are plenty of short versions of bike short or mid-thigh bike shorts at Target that could bring them into compliance and not make the girls hot. That is of course assuming you think the cheerleaders need to brought into compliance with the school rule.
Should the cheerleaders’ skirts have to be as long as the other students’ skirts? It that a reasonable standard for a traditional uniform that has generally been a shorter skirt? How would you rectify the situation with the girls?
Has your school had trouble with the length of cheerleaders’ skirts? How short are they?