School Bans Leggings in California, Cites Problem "When Girls Bend"

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A California junior high school has banned leggings, which are increasingly worn as a substitute for pants by females these days for reasons unknown.

The school announced the "re-enforcement" of its dress code this week, and that means banning leggings for girls that are a “distraction” in class.

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“Leggings have become popular with girls and many are sheer,” Emily Dunnagan, principal of Kenilworth Junior High in Petaluma, Calif., said.

“When girls bend in leggings, threads spread and that’s when it becomes a problem.”

Similar to Lululemon's see-through yoga pants, teenage guys might not consider it a "problem" per se ... but it's definitely a distraction, no doubt.

Dunnagan called an assembly of all 450 girls, ages 12-14, in the 900-student school last Thursday to discuss leggings and the school’s dress code policy.

She stressed to the female students that they are required to wear a “school-appropriate length bottom,” i.e. shorts, a skirt or a dress, over leggings.

The message surprised the students and caused an initial backlash as parents and students alike asking what would be allowed and what would not.

“The students asked specific questions about specific outfits and the message got lost in trying to clarify, ‘Is this okay, is that okay?’” Dunnagan said.

Dunnagan says administrators received only around seven calls and emails protesting the policy and have had just four in-school infractions since.

The violators were temporarily pulled out of class to put on a new outfit of either long gym shorts or a yellow “School is Cool” t-shirt, depending on the infraction.

“Our dress code is vague because as styles change, the code needs to change,” Dunnagan said of the current code, which is admittedly nebulous.

“This was a whole staff decision of everyone just wanting to make the school a distraction-free zone and allow kids to be kids,” the principal said.

“We realize that part of becoming a teenager is expressing your individuality with your clothing but we need to do that in a distraction-free way.”

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Natasha-green-peace

leave teens alone they should be able to wear what they want ,thats just paranoya

Natasha-green-peace

Na, I think they should be allowed :( Whats wrong with a piece of clothing?

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I think they shouldn't because if your as lucky as me then that means you have a phat cooch and you can see that mine is phat an juicy so leggings don't work for me haha

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id bang the gal in that pic absolutely senseless...yes i would.

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I agree with this legging ban. I even think colleges should have more strict dress codes. I hate looking around and seeing people wearing skimpy clothes. When I was in high school, I always preferred the idea of a uniform.

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@ Alanna

@Alanna, I guess adults, of all ages, should be wearing national uniforms. most college students are adults you know. Look,I don't care much for the way some people dress, but it isn't my business.

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I think she did good..they should be concentrate on school work not how I dress and what I wear....gosh when.I was in high school our policy was no short skirt and spaghetti. Tank tops....
She should stay with it because there are some leggings that really see through ..

Isaias-arguera

Always. Always. Always during my middle school and elementary school I wore uniform. I miss using uniform once I got to my high school. I think EVERY SINGLE SCHOOL has to in force a uniform for the good of students and education. That's all it needs to be done.

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ONLY THE LOWER LIFE -- WHICH IS THE MAJORITY IN BOWEL-IFORNIA - ARE OBLIVIOUS TO DECENCY AND NOT DISPLAYING YOUR VARIOUS AND FOUL MEATS THROUGH A VIRTUAL SECOND SKIN . UHHHH ...

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@ JOY

IT TAKES A LOW-LIFE TO KNOW A LOW-LIFE, JOY.

Natalie-albino

I agree with this. i think young girls nowadays are encouraged to dress like sluts cause that's what the "fashion trend" is. I think any clothing in a school that causes a distraction to another students education should be remedied. Many studies also indicate that uniforms promote higher academic achievment because no longer are students worried about what others are wearing. they all look the same. while this isn't encouraging uniforms, it's just a note to think about. wear more appropriate clothing on a legging ban or a uniform, which would you prefer?

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I believe the principal is doing a remarkable thing and the students later will thank her. Thank you got taking a stand and protecting the young ones from the negative attention from each other. It is unfortunate that girls from this generation believe showing skin proves who they are and that it is completely unfair for these teens to not become individuals but instead follow a trend and think it expresses them. Thank you Dunnagan, you are doing a wonderful job. God bless you.