The cheerleading squad at a San Jose high school were dismayed to find out that they are no longer allowed to wear their cheerleading uniforms to school because the hemlines of their miniskirts are higher than the mid-thigh length required by the school dress code.
No amount of petulant arm-crossing, foot-stamping or cries of “Not fair!” seemed to work for the Piedmont Hills High pep squad in their efforts to get a special dispensation of the school-wide ban. Instead, they were advised to wear sweatpants under their cheer skirts on game days. Which is just dumb, because as the cheerleaders point out, it’s like “95 degrees out there” and, duh, it looks “dorky.” To be fair, whoever ordered the cheerleader’s uniforms should’ve double-checked the length against the school dress code, which has been in place for awhile. The girls paid $300 for the uniforms and it is tradition to wear them on game days to show school spirit. The fact that they are feeling “sad and hurt” about the conflict is understandable. Though their claims that the ban is making them “feel like outcasts” still seems like a stretch.
That the story of their discontent ended up on the front page of the San Jose Mercury News had to come as the biggest surprise of all in the school Mini-Gate drama. In a follow-up article, the girls changed their tone and said they understand that the principal is just trying to be fair. In a telephone conference, the school principal and the girls let the world know that the girls are “okay with the policy now” and that the girls had come up with the much more awesome idea to wear jeans with their sleeveless cheer tops on game days.
The Mercury News has a poll on whether or not the girls should have to adhere to the dress code policy. Jezebel brings up the interesting point that if the uniform was selected by high school staff, but is deemed too slutty to be worn at school by the administration, then the girls have, at the very least, a right to be confused by the mixed messages that are being sent.
Personally, I’m on the fence. And maybe tossing my ponytail, while crossing my arms and yelling “Not fair!” But just a little bit.
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