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High School Catches Heat For Dress Policy Banning Tight Jeans, Yoga Pants

| by Jonathan Wolfe

Parents and students at Devils Lake High School in North Dakota are calling out administrators at the school for new, strict dress policy. The policy is aimed at female students, and bans girls from wearing leggings, jeggings, and tight jeans to school so that students and male teachers don't get distracted.

The school’s assistant principal made female students watch clips from “Pretty Woman,” Valley News Live reports, and compared their attire to a prostitute’s.

"A lot of the parents went on Facebook and we were discussing it,” parent Candace Olsen told Valley News. “They were talking about how they think the boys should be able to control themselves and the girls should be able to wear the leggings and the jeggings and you know, the skirts and stuff. And, when I was in high school, I think we wore a little bit more provocative clothing." 

The most interesting part of this new policy comes via this Valley News tidbit:

The assistant principle said this new dress code is a way to prevent distracting teachers and other students. But, some even told us it's an interaction they've seen between teachers and female students.

Senior student Mariah Fixen says the policy practically bans a girl’s entire wardrobe.

"Not too hot about it, because that what everyone wears, that's their whole wardrobe,” said Fixen. “So, basically sweat pants every day is what they're asking for."

The school’s assistant principal says the policy is meant to prevent students from being distracted during class. Some at the school feel the policy is distracting the school from acting on issues that matter more, like bullying.

The school should focus on things "like online stuff and people tweeting about each other,” said senior student Taylor Gilbertson. “They should be focusing more on that and not dumb stuff like yoga pants. We should be able to wear whatever we want."

Parent Candace Olsen thinks girls should be able to dress as they wish as long as it’s appropriate.

"Especially when they're so young and vulnerable and you're still learning who you are,” said Olsen. “I think that they should be able to wear what they're comfortable in as long as it's reasonable.”