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People Are Pissed About A School System's Proposed Ban On Skinny Jeans

"What am I supposed to wear to school??? Curtains???"

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The new student dress policy, called Policy 8520, would ban skinny jeans, leggings, "or other excessively tight fitting pants" unless they are worn with a long top or dress that covers "the posterior area in its entirety."

Students can only wear dresses, skirts, skorts, and similar garments that also cover their entire bottoms under the new policy.


Valita Quattlebaum, a spokesperson for the school system, told BuzzFeed News that the aim of the proposed policy was to decrease distractions from learning.

"The intent of it is basically just to make sure the focus in the classroom is on teaching and learning and nothing is being worn that can distract from that," she said.


New Hanover County School Board Vice Chair Jeannette Nichols told WECT that one of the motivations behind the proposed policy was to curb harassment of "bigger girls" who are bullied because of their tight jeans.

The New Hanover County Schools Board has been reviewing the comments on social media and will consider the opinions of students and parents when it decides on the policy, said Quattlebaum.

The school system's policy committee will meet June 1 at a public meeting to review the policy and feedback. But it is unclear when the Board of Education will vote on the new rules, said Quattlebaum.

Leticia Miranda is a retail reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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