A parent called Valley News Live, blowing the whistle on the Devils Lake School District. They called the school to find out more answers and they we’re told all the girls were informed they can’t wear leggings, jeggings and tight jeans anymore.
The assistant principal said they had the girls watch two clips from the movie “Pretty Woman” and compared their attire to the main character…who is a prostitute. Valley News Live spoke to both sides of the story to find out the reason behind all of this.
“A lot of the parents went on Facebook and we were discussing it,” said parent Candace Olsen. “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 you know, the squirts and stuff. And, when I was in high school, I think we wore a little bit more provocative clothing.”
Even from a different era, Candace Olsen can relate to her son’s female classmates. A new policy against tight leg-wear was all the talk at the junior varsity football game.
“Not too hot about it, because that what everyone wears, that’s their whole wardrobe,” said Senior, Mariah Fixen. “So, basically sweat pants every day is what they’re asking for.”
Some said the school should be focusing their efforts on more important issues like bullying.
“Like online stuff and people tweeting about each other,” said Senior, Taylor Gilbertson. “They should be focusing more on that and not dumb stuff like yoga pants. We should be able to wear whatever we want.”
The assistant principle said this new dress code is a way to prevent distracting teachers and other students. But, some even told Valley News Live, it’s an interaction they’ve seen between teachers and female students.
“In some cases where there will be young male teachers, they can’t tell you what you’re wearing is distracting or anything,” said Fixen. So, they have to get a female teacher to tell you.”
The problem: some leggings are transparent. But, Olsen said 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,” said Olsen. “I think that they should be able to wear what they’re comfortable in as long as it’s reasonable.
VNL were told that an English teacher also made reference to the girls looking like prostitutes walking the streets. The assistant principal admitted that 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.
But, if girls are caught wearing the offending clothes the consequences aren’t well known among classmates. One girl said a parent would need to bring an alternative outfit and another told us it’s an automatic detention… even suspension.