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Principal: Cheerleaders show more than spirit in uniforms

Posted September 26, 2008

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— Cheerleaders at South View High School can no longer wear their uniforms to school on Fridays before football games because the principal says they violate the dress code.

Principal Brian Edkins said the skirts of the cheerleaders' uniforms are too short, and he ordered the cheerleaders to wear jeans or sweat pants, along with football jerseys, to school.

"The cheeerleading skirts didn't meet the dress code. They were in violation," Edkins said.

South View High's dress code prohibits "clothing that reveals undergarments, chest, breast, navel, buttocks or any private body part." The skirts clearly skirted some of those areas, he said.

The cheerleaders wore the same uniforms last year after they were approved by the school's athletic director. Edkins cracked down this year after a parent complained that other female students were sent being home for wearing similarly short skirts.

WRAL News wasn't allowed to talk to any cheerleaders at South View High, but Edkins said they have accepted the change.

"When they first heard about it, they were upset," he said. "We explained to them that we look at our cheerleaders and all of our athletes as role models and leaders and that we needed them to set the tone for the school (as far as) what's acceptable in the dress code."

Some students questioned why the school didn't cut the cheerleaders some slack instead of making them wear slacks to class – especially since this Friday is the school's homecoming game.

"It's showing school spirit, and you're going to see it whether it's at a football game or a basketball game," student Josh Looker said. "It's kind of pointless taking (the skirts) out of school."

Edkins said that the short skirts might be appropriate to wear on the sidelines, but they're inappropriate in the classroom. He said the football players don't wear their pants to school, and other athletes don't wear their uniforms in class either.

The cheerleaders were allowed to wear the skirts to South View High's pep rally immediately after school Friday, as well as to the homecoming game.

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  • TheAdmiral Sep 29, 2008

    I don't have a problem with that. I didn't have a problem with it when I was in High School, and I don't have a problem with it now.

  • FromClayton Sep 29, 2008

    I'm glad someone finally figured this out. Us lowley girls use to get sent home for skirts that were too short, while the cheerlearders ran around with their bloomers showing. They have other outfits they can wear that don't have skirts.

  • Titus Pullo Sep 29, 2008

    "We explained to them that we look at our cheerleaders and all of our athletes as role models and leaders.."

    At my high school, the senior cheerleaders were all pregnant before graduation. What role models.....

  • DaddysAngel27 Sep 26, 2008

    I believe in my own opinion that all cheerleaders reveal way too much to begin with. Tops are cut way too low and shorts/ spandex shorts should be worn under their skirts. I'm sorry if my comment offends anyone.

  • something2say Sep 26, 2008

    I am all for dress codes and I tink Cheerleaders should also follow suit. Today's cheerleading outfits rival the outfits worn by dancers in Vegas. The competitive Cheerleading teams are the worse for putting pre-teens and teens in revealing outfits. Honestly why is that necessary!

  • mpheels Sep 26, 2008

    When I was in high school, only 9 years ago, all athletes dressed up on game days, dress shirt and tie for guys and slacks/blouse or dress for girls. Except for the cheerleaders, who wore their uniforms, with skirts a good 4 inches longer than what the girls pictured here are wearing. So I have a few issues...

    1-If cheerleaders want to be taken seriously as athletes, they should dress up on game day like the other athletes.

    2-Dress codes exist to create a certain environment at school. The class room is not a football game, and to dress as though it is is disrespectful for to the rest of the class.

  • Raggs1968 Sep 26, 2008

    Ya'll, if you go to the Fayetteville Observer website and see a different picture of these girls, you might have a different view of how short the skirts really are. Theendoftheroad is right, there are no shorts under the skirts, only elastic around the top of the legs. In the picture on the FO website, it shows one cheerleader jumping in the air with her skirt rising up, showing what is under her skirt. Now I have a question for everyone, if that was your daughter out there, would you really want her dressing like that and having her picture taken in that form? I don't think so. I think these skirts are too short, period. Not to mention, too short to wear during class. It is pathetic.

  • clickclackity2 Sep 26, 2008

    Those skirts are simply the wrong size for the girls. They were ordered too small. The only reason you would need short skirts like that would be if they were doing alot of gymnastics and I doubt if a high school is into heavy gymnastics. And for the record, back in my day, I remember it being standard procedure and lady-like etiquette to wear jogging pants or tights under your skirt. And if they didn't they would wear normal jeans and just their uniform top during school. It was only the 'hot mammas' that wanted to go around with that skirt on all day.

  • Raptor06 Sep 26, 2008

    Great comment SalemWWX. This principal doens't have enough to do during the day. Being a prude isn't necessarily having high morals.

  • NCTeacher Sep 26, 2008

    If that is a real picture of this squad- then their skirts are WAY shorter than most cheerleading skirts. I coach and my cheerleaders wear the typical short cheerleading skirts. The short length is necessary for the kicking, jumping, tumbling and stunting. But the skirts in that picture look about 4 inches shorter than absolutely necessary.

    And I agree about not letting cheerleaders wear the skirt in school classes. They don't fit the dress code (even the ones that are a little longer) and what's good for one group of people should be good for everyone. Besides, the athletes are supposed to be the role models for the rest of the student population. For that very reason they should be expected to follow the dress code.

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