Cheerleaders Forced To Cover Up In Class

Lake County School District Says Uniforms Don't Meet Dress Code

TAVARES, Fla. – A Central Florida school district thinks cheerleading uniforms are too revealing for the classroom.

The Lake County School District said it wants all students to follow the dress code, and cheerleader uniforms reveal too much.

The District has set up two main rules: tops cannot be sleeveless and skirts must be at least down to the mid-thigh.

If uniforms don't meet the regulations, the district wants cheerleaders to wear long shorts or pants under their skirts and T-shirts under their tops, unless the principal objects to that as well.

On Friday at Mount Dora High School, cheerleaders wore T-shirts and pants during a pep rally instead of their uniforms.

The Mount Dora junior varsity squad members said that their coach instructed them to leave their uniforms at home on Friday. The cheerleaders believe that their uniforms meet dress code requirements, though.

"We wear two pair of shorts under them, so I think it was more appropriate than other schools. And then they approved the uniform," said a Mount Dora JV cheerleader. "But now they're telling us we can't wear them. It doesn't really make sense at all to us."

Other Mount Dora JV cheerleaders want to wear their uniforms to school because of the money they paid for them. They also want to be able to represent their school.

Two schools, Leesburg and Lake Minneola high schools, have banned cheerleading uniforms in the classroom.

Lake County schools said some high schools will increase the length of the uniform's skirts.