Like many high schools in Cincinnati, Monroe High School cheerleaders had a long tradition of wearing their uniforms to school for Friday football games and other events.
However, a new dress code aims to put a stop to that by banning cheerleaders from wearing their uniforms to class.
The 1,000-student Butler County school district has changed its dress code to require all skirts worn during school hours to be no shorter than three inches above the knees, and cheerleaders have been told that their slit-sided mini skirts would violate the policy, unless the girls wore leggings or long shorts under the skirts.
Angry cheerleaders and their parents are upset over the change: "This came out of left field last week when they told the girls and us parents about the change. Our jaws just hit the ground," said the mother of one cheerleader.
"We’ve spent more than $400 on the uniform and she worked hard and earned the right to wear her uniform at school. The cheerleading uniform skirts have always been short. If the uniforms are OK for crowds at a pep rally or football game why aren't they all right for classes?"
Monroe Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli says she plans to meet with disgruntled parents, but there are no plans to change the policy because they believe the change will also be more conducive to learning.
But some parents just can't understand the new dress code and say it's ridiculous to lump cheerleading uniforms in with concerns about students dressing in provocative ways.