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.