Cheerleaders Must Cover Up In Class

LEESBURG, Fla. (AP) — Cheerleaders in a central Florida county are being told to cover up while wearing their uniforms to school.

Lake County schools officials say cheerleaders now must wear long shorts or pants under their skirts and a T-shirt under their sleeveless tops if they wear their uniforms to class. Principals at two of the county’s eight high schools, Leesburg and Lake Minneola, have banned cheerleading uniforms from classrooms entirely.

Many schools allow cheerleaders to wear their uniforms to class to boost school spirit on game days. Lake County School Board Chairwoman Debbie Stivender tells the Orlando Sentinel that cheerleaders still have to meet the dress codes followed by other students.

The Florida High School Athletic Association forbids cheerleaders from baring their midriffs, but no state rules address their short skirts.

Source: Orlando Sentinel, Associated Press