Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Only in the South: Florida High School cheerleaders can't wear their uniforms in class. Say what?

Back when I was in high school, it was a tradition, still holding fast today, for football players to wear their uniform shirts in class the day before a game, and for the cheerleaders to wear their uniforms as well. In the cheerleaders' case, it was straight through basketball season. There were never any dress code issues.

Then again, I don't live in Florida.

Yahoo! and the Tampa Bay Times are reporting that there are school districts in the Tampa-St. Petersburg area that have decided that the traditional cheerleader uniforms, consisting of a sleeveless top and a short skirt, cannot be worn in class, going forward, because, in the opinion of district officials, the uniforms are, get this, "too vulgar".


Seems the dweebs in the district felt that there was a double standard in place, since they'd be enforcing the school dress code on other females who were wearing the same size (or shorter) skirt or same style top, especially one that would also allow for a little cleavage to peek out. Naturally, parents of the cheerleaders aren't digging, and there are steps being taken to reach a compromise. Countryside High principal Gary Schlereth, according to the Tampa Bay Times, had asked the cheerleaders to order up some special jackets to wear to cover their arms. Since school has already started in Florida, they've already started football season, and on the day of Countryside's first game, the issue of the skirts' length came into play.


Here's an idea, Mr. Schlereth. Why not stop at the jackets, and have the district order warm-up suits, like gymnasts and basketball players wear? The suits will serve the required purpose of covering the girls' arms & legs, and make the narrow-minded school board suits happy.

Let's see ESPN's Outside The Lines address this issue!

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