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Yoga Pants, Leggings Stir Dress Code Drama

A Massachusetts high school has banned yoga pants and leggings, calling the body-hugging style ‘distracting’ and inappropriate for a classroom environment. Should yoga pants and leggings be banned from a school’s dress code?

Credit: flickr
Credit: flickr
More than 20 students at a Massachusetts high school were removed from class and sent home to change last week after sporting yoga pants and leggings to school.

The move came after staff raised concerns that students weren’t complying with the school’s dress code policy, which specifically mentions leggings as a no-no. After an assembly where the principal reinforced the policy, a group of female students wore leggings to school in protest.

Superintendent Rob Liebow told MyFoxBoston last week he supports the principal’s decision, reinforcing that for now, the policy is in place for students to adhere to. The principal is forming a committee to review the dress code policy, he told the station.

"It's called attention to something that no one even thought about," senior Aidan Wright told reporters after the controversy drew national coverage. "I don't appreciate having to be responsible for a boy paying attention or even being told that it's my responsibility to not distract someone with my body. I don't like being objectified in that way."

Parent Janine Boucher agrees, "I just think it's absolutely ridiculous,” she told MyFoxBoston. “There's no reason for this to have been blown out of proportion. This is crazy, these poor kids."

Students and parents say the pants are comfortable and easy to grab in the morning without much fuss. Administrators are concerned with the revealing nature of the form-fitting trend, especially when they’re of the super-sheer Lululemon variety.

We want to know what you think! Are school dress code policies that address the growing legging trend silly or smart?

Sound off in the comments, head over to our boards or start a Patch blog.


Bryan Harz February 19, 2014 at 03:35 PM
Lots of interesting perspectives.
Idont Givitout February 19, 2014 at 05:28 PM
Koreans do also suffer from SBS, it's just that you cant really tell
FedUpRealist February 19, 2014 at 05:46 PM
Came Toe and Moose Knuckle stir the libido of the opposite sex - especially sexual predators...Still think it's OK to send your little darling to school displaying the contiours of her privates???
Desert Rat February 19, 2014 at 11:08 PM
John Culleton, come now there is no place for logic here. We have to be concerned about how our kids feel. Are they feeling creative? Do they have proper self-esteem? Are they searching for sexual identity? Or are they emotionally stunted by oppressive rules and regulations? It is of course irrelevant that in the meantime other cultures and countries are leaving our students in the dust. Having just assisted my father in selling his home, I watched a virtual feeding frenzy of ever escalating offers by buyers of Indian or Asian descent. Why? Because his home happens to reside in the best school district in his city. While we whine about whether or not a female student will be oppressed if she can't wear skin tight yoga pants to school, other folks are working their butts off to be competitive in the marketplace.

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