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Yoga Pants, Leggings Stir Dress Code Drama

A Massachusetts high school has banned yoga pants and leggings, calling the body-hugging style ‘distracting’ and inappropriate for a classroom environment. Should yoga pants and leggings be banned from a school’s dress code?

By Joanna Schneider

More than 20 students at a Massachusetts high school were removed from class and sent home to change last week after sporting yoga pants and leggings to school.

The move came after staff raised concerns that students weren’t complying with the school’s dress code policy, which specifically mentions leggings as a no-no. After an assembly where the principal reinforced the policy, a group of female students wore leggings to school in protest.

Superintendent Rob Liebow told MyFoxBoston last week he supports the principal’s decision, reinforcing that for now, the policy is in place for students to adhere to. The principal is forming a committee to review the dress code policy, he told the station.

"It's called attention to something that no one even thought about," senior Aidan Wright told reporters after the controversy drew national coverage. "I don't appreciate having to be responsible for a boy paying attention or even being told that it's my responsibility to not distract someone with my body. I don't like being objectified in that way."

Parent Janine Boucher agrees, "I just think it's absolutely ridiculous,” she told MyFoxBoston. “There's no reason for this to have been blown out of proportion. This is crazy, these poor kids."

Students and parents say the pants are comfortable and easy to grab in the morning without much fuss. Administrators are concerned with the revealing nature of the form-fitting trend, especially when they’re of the super-sheer Lululemon variety.

We want to know what you think! Are school dress code policies that address the growing legging trend silly or smart?

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