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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Amanda-sue-romano

I have to agree with this. Young girls need to be more aware and careful about their clothing. Children are getting involved with sex way too early these days and these pants are only encouraging those developing, confused young boys. It's a matter of common sense. Check in the mirror before you go out and bend over, see if the stuff your wearing is appropriate. I've been seeing a lot of big girls wearing leggings that really should not be wearing them at all. Every curve shows and they don't even have to bend over to see through it. It's very disturbing. I had a class with a big girl who kept wearing them and it made me want to vomit seeing through her pants like that. Dress according to your size and age. It bothers me how people just don't care and go out the door without even checking first. Only certain girls can get away with this anyway, usually the smaller girls. Anyone with more curves or is just bigger, should not even wear them in public without proper coverage. I support this ban. If the parents allow their young girls to go out like that in public, fine. School is a place to learn, not hook up with people or show themselves off like they do. Good for you, Cali.

Amanda-sue-romano

I have to agree with this. Young girls need to be more aware and careful about their clothing. Children are getting involved with sex way too early these days and these pants are only encouraging those developing, confused young boys. It's a matter of common sense. Check in the mirror before you go out and bend over, see if the stuff your wearing is appropriate. I've been seing a lot of big girls wearing leggings that really should not be wearing them at all. Every curve shows and they don't even have to bend over to see through it. It's very disturbing. I had a class with a big girl who kept wearing them and it made me want to vomit seeing through her pants like that. Dress according to your size and age. It bothers me how people just don't care and go out the door without even checking first. I support this ban. If the parents allow their young girls to go out like that in public, fine. School is a place to learn, not hook up with people or show themselves off like they do. Good for you, Cali.

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@ Amanda Sue Romano

I don't like the fact that you seem to be just saying big girls shouldn't wear them. Even smaller girls with leggings on are showcasing their ass and vagina. Way to discriminate.

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