Over the past year, there has been a series of controversies in which schools banned yoga pants and leggings so as not to distract male students and teachers. Now, a Massachusetts school has banned these clothing items for a very different reason: to teach their students an important lesson.
According to Huffington Post, Cape Cod Technical High School recently changed their dress code to read: “Leggings, tights, yoga pants and any other extremely form fitting apparel are considered an accessory and must be worn with dress/skirt or shorts.”
School district superintendent Robert Sanborn told reporters that this ban has nothing to do with sexuality. Instead, it is meant to prepare students for the work force.
“Vocational technical education is about preparing people for a career,” he said. “It has to do with employability. We’re passing on the skills that are needed in the workforce, to know that’s not proper attire when you’re at work.”
Despite his good points, students are outraged by the ban.
“My friends and I didn’t agree with it at all,” said 16 year-old student Emily Connolly. “[If] we want to just kind of go to school and sit there for eight hours in a t-shirt and leggings or yoga pants, then I feel like we should have that option.”
Connolly has organized a protest and is asking all female students to wear yoga pants on a particular day. She says girls in modern society are fed up with clothing bans like this.
“Girls in today’s society are forced to cover [their] bodies and considered more of sex symbols than actual human beings,” Connolly wrote on the protest Facebook page. “Just because some guys don’t know how to ‘control’ themselves doesn’t mean girls need to pay for it.”
Though Sanborn is anticipating lots of yoga pants next week, he promised that students who wear the clothing won’t be punished too harshly.
“Nobody’s going to get thrown out of school. Nobody’s going to be put in detention,” he said. “We’re going to use this as a teachable moment.”
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