An unidentified male teen student at Timpview High School in Provo, Utah, recently told a school counselor the cheerleaders' skirts caused him to have "impure" thoughts while he sat in class (video below).
The teen's concerned mom emailed a school official and the cheerleading coach and later the school's 44 cheerleaders were reportedly told not to wear their outfits in class on a game day, Sept. 9.
"We were told that we were not allowed to wear our uniforms anymore," Tess Rozier, a cheerleader, told KSTU. "Everyone on the team was quite upset."
"Forty-four girls are being controlled, like we're being told what to do by this one boy," Georgia Bear, another cheerleader, said.
"I kind of felt like it's the school almost supporting a rape culture," said JoAnna Johnson, also a cheerleader.
The school has not issued any statements on the cheerleading outfit issue.
One of the cheerleaders told People that school administrators were not able to reach a decision, but an assistant principal nixed the outfits:
But then after the meeting, one of the assistant principals communicated to the cheer coach that we shouldn't be wearing our uniforms to school. All of us were trying to decide which skirt to wear on Friday and our coach told us that we couldn't wear them anymore. We asked what would happen if we wore them anyway, and she advised us not to. So we didn't. Instead we wore best dress the next day.
Another cheerleader added: "It's giving this boy power that when he grows up and does something to a girl, he can blame it on her skirt being too short. It really made me angry. Why should this boy have control over what we wear?"
A mom of a cheerleader said:
It puts unfair pressure on the cheerleaders. I was shocked when my daughter came home and told me, "We can't wear our uniforms on game day. They're giving boys' dirty thoughts." I want the school to have a meeting with all of the cheerleaders and all of the parents, and I want our girls to walk out of that meeting with their heads held high. This boy's problem has nothing to do with them.
Cheer advisor Krissy Fry told the magazine: "There really is no story -- it was blown out of proportion."
Caleb Price, spokesperson for the Provo City School District, told People that school administrators are investigating to "find out exactly what the cheerleaders were told that led them to wear regular clothes to school on game day."
"It's a misunderstanding between the cheerleading advisor and a member of the school administration who gave her a message about the boy's concerns," Price added. "The school was never going to say you can't wear your uniforms or dress in a certain way."