Minnetonka principal to girls: Cover up

11:24 AM, Nov 15, 2012   |    comments
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MINNETONKA - When Sasha Gallogly leaves for class at Minnetonka High School each day, it's often in leggings, which she says are her go-to choice on busy mornings.

"If we're running late, that's the first thing we think of is to pull on leggings and a sweatshirt or a t-shirt," Gallogly said.

But the pants she and her friends call comfortable are making her principal anything but.

"Some of the outfits just aren't right for geometry rooms," said Minnetonka Principal Dave Adney.

Outfits like leggings, jeggings, spandex, yoga pants, often worn with short tops that Adney says show too much.

"We were seeing some issues in terms of definition, and those types of things," Adney said.

So Adney sent a letter to 3,000 families, calling the pants "distracting." He asked parents for support. He asked female students to "keep things covered up."  Adney says it's not a rule, it's an expectation, similar to when he asked boys to stop wearing saggy jeans and muscle shirts, a request he says has gotten near unanimous approval from parents.

"We're overwhelmed by the emails and the phone calls, and lots and lots of support," Adney said.

It's even come, he says, from teachers and principals across the state and now the nation. But there's still one group he knows may not quite be behind him.

"I'm sure the boys are disappointed," Adney said with a laugh. "But I'd like to think that the Minnetonka boys know this is the right thing to do."

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