Tight Jeans, Leggings OK, But Don't Show Your Underwear

After an uproar last week, Kenilworth Junior High principal clarifies the dress code change


Yoga pants and tight-fitting jeans are OK, but leggings are a no-no, Kenilworth Junior High School clarified on Monday.

Last Thursday, the school held an assembly for female students where administrators said that no tight pants--yoga pants, leggings and tight jeans would be allowed.

That prompted outrage among some parents and (presumably) a phone call to local press complaining that the decision was sending young women the wrong message by telling them their clothing was a distraction for the boys.

But on Monday, Kenilworth Principal Emily Dunnagan said that only leggings have been banned, although students may still wear them with shorts or paired with a skirt or dress.

“It’s junior high and some of the kids test the boundaries,” Dunnagan told Petaluma Patch, adding that the school decided to ban leggings only because of their “see-through quality.”

“The concern is we don’t want undergarments showing,” she said. “The goal is to teach kids to respect themselves and dress appropriately.”

The same rule applies to boys wearing baggy pants that expose their underwear.

The school will give boys a rope belt to pull up their jeans and will send girls to the office to change into sport pants or shorts if wearing see-through leggings. In lieu of inappropriate shirts, the school will give students yellow T-shirts that say “School Is Cool,” for the remainder of the day, to avoid having to send students home.

“Students need to wear clothing that’s appropriate for the school environment,” Dunnagan said, adding that uniforms are not being considered.

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Neal Fishman April 09, 2013 at 06:25 PM
I wonder why they are lumping boxer showing boys with curve showing girls? The pants below the butt style may look dumb to us old codgers but its hardly revealing. Neither curves nor skin show. I guess given how truly annoying 12 and 13 year old boys can be, administrators just can't help sticking it to them.
I F April 09, 2013 at 06:40 PM
I don't know where Ptown proud has been looking at teenage boys, but I've never noticed their curves on skinny jeans. People, get real. Those few girls wear it because Victoria's Secret has broadcasted that it is VS--very sexy. The young tweens and teens are the newest target market for VS and it's working. The parents that let their girls wear vs clothing need their head examined. Even the I Like Pink collection. Seems innocent, but the real message is nothing but. By the way, if you show soft porn or see through clothing in front of a person, they will get a rise out of it, so to speak.
Ptown Proud April 09, 2013 at 09:33 PM
Read the rest of the posts. If girls parts are distracting in skinny jeans, then why wouldn't the boys be? They wear them, but the weren't pulled out of class and forced to sit through an assembly where they were blamed for the inattentiveness of a collective group. You can't single out a group based on sex, there are laws that protect against it and teaching young girls that they are responsible for the decisions and behavior of the boys is disturbing to say the least!
angelina April 10, 2013 at 07:19 PM
Not a false uproar. The school administrator told the girls (verbatim) that they shouldn't dress like "hoochie mamas" at school. That statement (to 12-14 yr old girls) causes a problem for me. The subject matter was exaggerated (after the fact). The vmail (automated) and emails I received weren't specific when referencing "clarifying statements made by administration at the assembly". Someone at KJHS should have filtered what was going to be coming out of the administrator's mouth. The administrator and the school ended up looking like jackasses.
mikeg55 April 11, 2013 at 02:06 PM
Ptown Proud there comes a point where you have to balance idealism with reality. Who's more in danger of being harrassed, leered at, and assaulted? The girls. What's the easiest way to to avoid the unwanted attention? Put a little more thought into your wardrobe. It may be wrong, not fair, a blow to female equality, but it's the truth.


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