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Florida schools banning cheerleaders from wearing uniforms during school because they are ‘too vulgar'
August 28, 2013 at 3:33 PM

 

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?

Replies

  • lizzielouaf
    August 28, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    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.

  • lizmarie1975
    August 28, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    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.

  • lanceandhailey
    August 28, 2013 at 3:42 PM

     If it breaks dress code, then too bad.

  • RobinChristine
    August 28, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    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

  • muslimah
    August 28, 2013 at 3:45 PM

     If their vulgar to wear in school why are they not to vulgar to wear to a game representing the school?

    Stupid.

  • SuperChicken
    August 28, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    I was a cheerleader.  We never wore our uniforms during the school day.  Mind you, our uniforms were not vulgar either.    Cheerleader uniforms are rather revealing these days.   Half tops and belts for skirts.

     

  • TranquilMind
    August 28, 2013 at 3:45 PM

     How stupid.  Why don't they just choose uniforms with a little more coverage in the first place?

    Our cheerleaders always wore their uniforms but then they were pretty well covered, back in the 70's. 

  • TranquilMind
    August 28, 2013 at 3:46 PM

     Show us!  (Or something similar, from the website, if you can)

    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.

     

  • Mommabearbergh
    August 28, 2013 at 3:47 PM
    They can just wear pants underneath that is why the cheerleaders did in my high school and if its to vulgar why not change the uniform
  • SyllabaryBisque
    August 28, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    This.

    Not to mention, you can bet your sweet ass that when I was a teenager, I purposely would have worn short skirts IF ONLY to argue this point for the sake of the argument. LOL

    Quoting muslimah:

     If their vulgar to wear in school why are they not to vulgar to wear to a game representing the school?

    Stupid.


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