Back to school time definitely means a fierce resurgence of the dress code wars. But for one Tampa adjacent high school, this battle isn’t over sagging jeans, short shorts, tank tops, or even general “street wear.” Nope, forÂ Pinellas County, they’re waging war against their own cheerleading uniforms, which oddly enough they have approved for those cheerleaders.
Tampa Bay Times reports thatÂ Countryside High School has — as of their first football game — decided that their own cheerleading uniform is against their dress code, and therefore not allowed during classroom hours. Normally on game days (which I remember from my own high school days), cheerleaders wear their uniforms all day.
Gary Schlereth, the principal, tells the paper that the uniforms are a problem due to — what else — those skimpy skirts. The cheerleaders at CountrysideÂ are getting more privileges here than just presumably being with the in crowd. Everyone clutch your pearls at once now because there is a SHORT SKIRT happening:
Letting the girls wear their uniforms creates a double standard, he said. The district’s dress code requires that shirts have sleeves and skirts fall to at least mid-thigh.
“A parent looks at their son or daughter getting ‘dress coded’ for wearing something short, then they look at the cheerleading uniform and they say, ‘What about that?’ ” Schlereth said.
While he explained away the uniforms as “spirit wear” in the past, Schlereth felt it wasn’t fair anymore.
One parent, however, notes the rather curious nature of an administration okaying a uniform that they are then banning on school premises:
“If it’s an approved school uniform â€” which it was approved, by the administration, years ago â€” why is it out of dress code?” asked Christine Johnson, whose daughter is a junior on Countryside’s varsity squad. “And why can they wear it in front of thousands of people at a football field if they can’t wear it on game day at school?”
[David Fraser]Â said his daughter was upset to learn that her uniform was “suddenly too vulgar.”
“She takes it very seriously,” he said. “She likes the uniform. She’s proud to be a cheerleader.”
Schlereth is currently working to find a middle ground, perhaps ordering track pants for the young ladies. Other schools in the county have found success with similar variations, such as allowing the tops in class, but not those salacious skirts, ordering jackets, permitting shirts underneath the uniforms, etc. Meanwhile the cheerleading coach at the original high school, Countryside, is seriously considering “Velcro attachments” to lengthen those skankilicious skirts, which one father has described as “just a weird thing to do.” No kidding. Next they’ll be antagonizing these girls for their STRIPPER BREAKAWAY SKIRTS.
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