NORTH DAKOTA (CNN) — A new policy restricting what girls can wear at a North Dakota high school has some parents and students in an uproar.
A parent called after an assembly was called for all girls at the Devils Lake High School. During the assembly, the girls were told they can’t wear leggings, jeggings or tight jeans anymore.
The assistant principal says they had the girls watch two clips from the movie “Pretty Woman” and compare their attire to the main character, who was a prostitute.
“A lot of the parents went on Facebook and we were discussing it. And, 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, when I was in high school I think we wore a little bit more provocative clothing,” Candace Olsen said.
Even from a different era, Candace Olsen can relate to her son’s female classmates.
A new policy against tight leg-wear is all the talk at the Junior Varsity football game.
“Not too hot about it, but, because that’s what everyone wears, that’s their whole wardrobe. So, basically sweat pants everyday is what they’re asking for,” Senior Mariah Fixen said.
Some say the school should be focusing their efforts on more important issues, like bullying.
“Like online stuff and people tweeting about each other and whatever. They should be focusing more on that and not dumb stuff like yoga pants. We should be able to wear whatever we want,” Senior Taylor Gilbertson.
But, the assistant principle says this new dress code is a way to prevent other students from being distracted. Some even say it’s an interaction they’ve seen between teachers and female students.
“In some cases, where there will be young male teachers and they can’t tell you, of course, that what you’re wearing is distracting or anything. So, they have to get a female teacher to tell you,” Fixen said.
The problem: Some leggings are transparent. But, Olsen says as long as girls are covered she doesn’t see the issue.
“Especially when they’re so young and vulnerable and you’re still learning who you are. I think that they should be able to wear what they’re comfortable in as long as it’s reasonable,” Olsen said.
We are told an English teacher also made reference to the girls looking like prostitutes walking the streets.
The assistant principle admitted that teacher probably shouldn’t have said what she did, adding that this new policy is not meant to objectify girls, but stop boys from focusing on something other than class work.