School Bans Girls Leggings Because the Boys are Getting Too Distracted


I have no problem with schools enforcing a standard dress code to ensure that its students look tidy and respectable. I do have a problem with banning female clothes because of the ‘distraction factor’.

The emphasis is all wrong. Instead of banning distractions, schools should be focusing on employing strategies of engaging boys in learning. If they are dejected at the lack of attention boys pay in class, surely it is incumbent on the school to target the heart of the problem (which is the dull delivery of the curriculum), instead of banning the distraction:

Last week a Petaluma, Calif., junior high school placed a ban on girls’ tight-fitting pants because the boys were reportedly getting too distracted. The school, however, has already adjusted its policy after a backlash from parents. Petaluma Patch reports that students are now being told they can wear yoga pants and skinny jeans, but leggings worn as pants are still not allowed.

“The concern is we don’t want undergarments showing,” Emily Dunnagan, the school’s principal, told Patch (which, like The Huffington Post, is owned by AOL). “The goal is to teach kids to respect themselves and dress appropriately.”

The new policy, according to Patch, lets girls sport leggings “with shorts or paired with a skirt or dress.”

As area news outlet previously reported, Kenilworth Junior High School gathered the girls together last week for an assembly to alert them of their new dress code, which required girls to be sent home to change if they arrived at school in tight pants.

Some of the students were upset about the new restriction because it ruled out a good chunk of their wardrobe. Parents, on the other hand, weren’t happy about the underlying implications of the ban.

“Boys need to be taught to respect women no matter what they’re wearing, and that’s a big deal,” Jerelyn Kruljac, a local parent, told


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One Response to “School Bans Girls Leggings Because the Boys are Getting Too Distracted”

  1. John Tapscott Says:

    What, no school uniform?!!

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