“In past years, administrators turned a blind eye during football season to the cheerleaders’ sleeveless uniforms with short skirts,” the Tampa Bay Times reports, “But this year, as Pinellas high schools adopt stricter dress codes or simply step up enforcement, the uniforms aren’t flying during the school day.”
Many students and parents aren’t pleased, claiming these students are only showing school pride by wearing the uniforms provided by the school. And you have to understand their side of the argument: what’s the difference between showing a little leg in class versus on the sidelines?
But administrators have a point too. And not just for skimpy outfits. Of course, a wrestler wearing his singlet or a swimmer in a Speedo would be a big distraction in class. But a football player would be too if he took the seat in front of you wearing shoulder pads and a helmet.
So part of the discussion comes down to the same old argument people have been having for decades: are cheerleaders athletes or just short-skirted school ambassadors? For now, ladies, tape your pompoms to the end of your skirts to meet the length requirement and let the PTA battle it out.
And if you really want to have your voices heard, do it in front of the stands: “Gimme an ‘F!’” Gimme a ‘U!’”