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Star Tribune

Minnetonka principal’s plea: ‘Cover your butts up’

The principal sent a letter to parents Monday asking them to remind girls to ‘keep covered up.’

Dozens of parents and high schools across the metro endorsed a Minnetonka principal’s message Tuesday that discourages teen girls from wearing trendy tight-fitting leggings with increasingly shorter tops.

Sparking the latest debate over what’s appropriate attire in schools, David Adney sent an e-mail to high school parents Monday asking them to talk to their daughters about wearing spandex-like yoga pants or other tight-fitting leggings with T-shirts that expose “more leg and backside” and can “be highly distracting for other students.”

From Forest Lake to St. Paul, more than 70 parents and other high schools called or e-mailed Adney supporting his message, which didn’t ban leggings, but urges teens to dress more modestly.

“It must have touched a nerve,” he said, saying the school tries to get ahead of problem trends.

It’s certainly not the first time fashion and high school policies have clashed. In past years, schools have had to deal with spaghetti straps, exposed midriffs and sagging pants. Minnetonka last year cracked down on boys wearing muscle shirts.

“It’s not about trying to be the clothing police, it’s just a sensitivity issue,” Adney said. “Hopefully with us being the first to speak up, it will create a lot of conversations.”

‘Way out of control’

The e-mail sparked a discussion in the Colwell household in Chanhassen.

After Traci Colwell saw it, she sat down with her 14-year-old daughter to talk about how to appropriately wear yoga pants to school.

“I said, ‘See, I’m not the only one to feel this way,’” she said. “It’s gotten way out of control the way kids dress.”

Like a lot of girls, freshman Carine Colwell wears yoga pants to school two to three times a week because they’re comfortable. But some classmates are taking the trend a step further, she said, wearing see-through nylon tights as leggings. Still, the principal’s warning upset a lot of students at school Tuesday, she said.

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» 15 Comments

  1. Racist

    November 16th, 2012

    Oh Yeah, he’s right. I can imagine it must be damn-near impossible for some teenage boys to concentrate on anything remotely academic in some schools. Call me a dirty old man, perv, pedophile, (well maybe not pedophile), whatever, but I’ve been seen some “girls” at my son’s high school that were dressed so provocatively that they cost me an elbow to the ribs from Mrs Racist! Maybe it’s what they feed these “farmers’ daughters” out here, but the girls I went to high school with won’t built like that!!! Not many anyway! Heck, some of the teachers at my younger kids’ elementary school dress like they’re going to a party or something… even the fat ones and the old ones insist on making sure everybody knows what kind (if any) of underwear they’re wearing!!! Ever seen a 250lb,50 yr old Science teacher wearing a thong and spandex pants? It ain’t very appetizing, I tell ya that!!!

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  2. Bad Brad

    November 16th, 2012

    Starbucks is a mandatory stop for me in the mornings. There are girls in there that look like freaken hookers. They attempt to expose everything. So there are two girls that live next to me, great kids, conservative family. They colored their hair for some Halloween costumes they wear wearing. Next day, they got sent home for a dress code violation. I guess you can expose nipples and other important stuff, but damn, don’t color your hair.

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  3. old_oaks

    November 16th, 2012

    Brad… I didn’t know you were progressive.

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  4. Bad Brad

    November 16th, 2012

    Brad… I didn’t know you were progressive.????

    Starbucks? Pikes roast. I’m a coffee snob, and that stuff is the shit. Black, like you like your women. LOL

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  5. Jorel Lives!

    November 16th, 2012

    I know, I know, I could hang this topic on the clothes line until it stops stinking, but let me tell you NOT all the high school girls are whores today. Getting on a bus with a handicap person I know caused me to pause and turn to the group of high school boys and girls waiting, me asking, “Can she get on first?” The foremost one, a girl of about fifteen, dressed in slacks and a regular blouse, noting sexy, responded so respectfully and amicably with “Sure. Go on, no problem.” She melted me with her kindness. She didn’t get on the bus (I guess she was seeing her friends off) and as the bus pulled away I looked at her and thought purity of heart. I wish more were like her.

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  6. Trixie Bluebell

    November 16th, 2012

    There really are a lot of real good kids out there. They wear fashionable clothes without exposing themselves, are polite, are respectful and genuinely fun to be around. Then there are the others… I live in a well-to-do area and many kids are left to their own devices — too much money and not enough brains. Then there are the parents who want to be their kids’ “friend”. Kids have plenty of friends; they need parents — someone who’ll let them know what the limits are and provide real consequences for going outside those limits. And don’t even get me started on the moms whose hooker looks would even put their daughters to shame! It’s disgusting.

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  7. old_oaks

    November 16th, 2012

    “Pikes roast. I’m a coffee snob.”

    Whole reason I quit Starbucks… Pikes Place BS and green milkshakes!

    The whole Pikes Place move was to try and cut down on the good stuff they originally sold, thereby increasing $$$.

    I got sick and tired of waiting for Sumatra, etc. while folks got milkshakes almost immediately and all I wanted was a black coffee!

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  8. Brian in BC

    November 16th, 2012

    I actually like school uniforms. They perform multiple purposes. First, they aren’t about the latest fashion, they are about dressing appropriately. Second, they are a great socio-economic equalizer as you can’t tell the kids who are wealthy vs. the ones who are getting additional support, the value of this cannot be overstated. Third, they specifically identify students with a specific school which is a great piece of being part of a community. Since you can be identified with where you came from, your behavior in public while in uniform leans towards not being a complete jackass.

    If you travel outside of North America, uniforms are common in both public and private schools.

    Just a thought…especially since common sense seems to have exited stage left for what kids dress in when left to their own devices…and their parents let them.

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  9. old_oaks

    November 16th, 2012

    Besides the Indian girls at DD are hotter.

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  10. Bad Brad

    November 16th, 2012

    old_oaks NO, Pikes Place was their original bean/brew. I hurt the people in front of that ask for a Carmel mataolaoty WTF at 210 degrees centagrade. Fucking Metro Sexuals. Pike Roast is good shit Bro. I get one on the way, it’s brewing at work.

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  11. old_oaks

    November 17th, 2012

    Pikes Place was the original name but look it up, they basically “fill” good stuff to make a cheap house blend that they serve in everything… Used to be they had various brews depending upon day of the week, THAT was the good stuff.

    Gotta watch coffee… If so much as 1 bean of Kona is included with a pound of arabica, they can still legally call it “Kona.”

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  12. Bad Brad

    November 17th, 2012

    old_oaks, Well when we go fishing on the Delta, I’ll stop where ever you want for a cup a Joe. I am going with Pikes. Which is also why I will stick more fish then you. Good night Bro. Been a long week.

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  13. Huey Orto

    November 17th, 2012

    ahh chinga?!

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  14. Billy Fuster

    November 17th, 2012

    Just get it over with and legalize prostitution.

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  15. AbigailAdams

    November 17th, 2012

    @Trixie Bell — Then you’ll enjoy this text exchange w/my own teenager from last night. It was late and she was still not home from her babysitting job.

    Me: What are you doing?
    She: Nothing. I was just texting with H. She’s at home watching “UP” with her cat.
    Me: Gee, I wish I got paid to do nothing.
    She: Ha ha. Yeah, and I just got a raise tonight!
    Me: I hope this doesn’t ruin your character and turn you into an under-performing social leech.
    She: Thanks mom.
    Me: You’re welcome, dear.

    When she got home, she crawled in bed with me and watched “The Thin Man Goes Home.” While we were laying there I asked her, “If one gets a raise for doing nothing, how does one know if they are doing the extra wages’ worth of more nothing?”

    Some years ago I showed her a clip from “Almost Famous” and told her I was the Francis McDormand character in her life.

    (She’s a great kid; works hard, excellent grades, lot’s of extra curricular charity work.)

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