SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – A San Jose high school’s dress code policy and enforcement has cheerleaders hopping mad.

For the first time, cheerleaders at Piedmont Hills High School in East San Jose are not allowed to wear mini-skirt uniforms on campus. Principal Traci Williams issued the new mandate because she felt the uniforms were problematic in the classroom.

“Out of respect for length where if you were to bend over or squat your personal business will remains personal,” said Williams. “The classrooms are an academic environment and when the skirts are far below the standards of what they should be it’s a distraction in the classroom and so we just ask that students respect the classroom.”

Members of the cheerleading squad spoke out to CBS 5, but did not want to be identified.

“I just feel like it’s part of the whole cheerleading experience to wear it to school and show your school pride, so it’s just disappointing in a way,” one of the girls on the squad said.

“People, they are making comments, they’re kind of calling us rude names. But before everyone said our uniforms are really cute, and my friends, they don’t think it’s fair that we aren’t allowed to express ourselves in our uniforms now, said another.

KCBS’ Matt Bigler Reports:

Piedmont Hills High School student Sarah Brillion said the new policy just doesn’t make sense.

“If they didn’t want them to wear it, why would they let them pay for it,” she said.

The cheerleaders paid about $300 for their uniforms. This year, the squad also chose their own hemlines and Williams said some of those lines were above the mid-thigh limit.

“I sat with my colleague from Evergreen and I said, your cheer skirts are okay,” Williams said. “And we looked at our cheer squad and she said, yours are really short.”

So Williams launched the crackdown. The cheerleaders are allowed to wear their skirts to games but at school, they have to wear leggings underneath.

“It’s not the cheer skirt itself, it’s that there’s an appropriate length and that if the consistency was made on the squad to where they all came to the same length this wouldn’t be an issue,” said Williams.

The principal said one mistake the school made was not having a strict standard for cheerleader hemlines, which may change next year. She also said the ban is only for classroom periods, and that the girls would be able to wear them to games and pep rallies.

“Personally, it doesn’t affect me because I don’t wear a skirt,” said Eric Sherman, the lone male member of the cheer squad. “But they’re my teammates so if they feel pain, I feel pain for them.”

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Comments (10)
  1. roger says:

    This is sad, if your going to make a comparison then show this years skirts as well. All over the threads they show pictures of last years uniforms which were shorter.. Amazing

  2. Mama D. says:

    This is coming from a Parent who has witnessed the skirts getting shorter and shorter, who has witnessed the boys excitement because they can see what needs to be covered. I have also witnessed the cheer girl click and it is not cute, nor is it warranted. I am truly disturbed by this as we have a principal who has more serious concerns to contend with, with a campus that size. If it is allowed, bootie shorts and low cut tank tops would be the normal dress attire. This is not only unacceptable, but what are they at schoo for? An education, or a competition on who can show the most flesh? I am not speaking on all of the cheerleaders, because some of them actually know how to behave like youngladies. Let’s find something else more serious to complain about. If it is required for them to cover their behinds…..then so be it! No means No and there is nothing wrong with a Principal trying to create structure and guidance for her students.

  3. Moock says:

    I’d like to know why any kid is spending $300 for a cheerleader uniform… I hope the principal will address that issue as well.

    1. MontiraLei says:

      So would I! I’m not even sure my prom dress cost that much. Then again, my senior prom was in 1991 and this is 2011.

  4. Karen says:

    Wear to school? Why would they wear their uniforms to school? For a pep rally…yes. But NOT just to school. This is not Glee!!!

  5. Choice says:

    Why not make these rules BEFORE school starts. The school staff and PE teachers in particular should have this all figured out long before school begins so the company they are purchasing the uniforms from will know what is allowed.

    My kids have attended both private and public schools. In the private school the uniforms and clothing rules were always figured out during the summer break. Then before school started a letter was sent out telling the students and parents what was allowed to be worn that year at school.
    Much easier when buying clothes for school when you know what is expected.

  6. Lana says:

    How… did my highschool end up on the news? Seriously, everyone is making this such a big deal, but its not. Contrary to popular belief, Piedmont’s cheerleaders are nice girls, and just want to follow the traditions that have been passed from generation to generation at this school. I never did like this principle, since she doesn’t listen to the students themselves. I believe that this is a silly situation, and people should turn the other cheek. Just make the skirts longer next year.

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