Yoga pants were banned at Ohio’s Loveland High School for being too revealing and distracting in class. Which says to me that their students are in pretty good shape, considering that back in my day, administrators were more concerned with students getting ‘distracted’ by drugs or the temptation to skip class entirely, but to Loveland’s students, it’s no joke: 17 girls were disciplined with in-school suspension on Thursday, and more were sent home, after a group of students decided to defy the ban on yoga pants by wearing their favorite pairs to school. They say there’s nothing worse about yoga pants than any other clothing they could wear to school, and that they’re wearing them for comfort, not attention.
The student handbook says that “revealing clothing” is prohibited, as is clothing that’s deemed to be distracting, but it doesn’t say anything specifically about yoga pants. Teachers decided that the pants—made popular by companies like lululemon and Abercrombie, who claim their pants will give you the perfect butt—weren’t appropriate for class, and announced the ban earlier this week. But a group of about 50 students decided to fight for their right to spandex by wearing the pants to school on Thursday, for which they were sent home or suspended.
One student, Olivia Legg, explained their reasoning to WLWT News:
We’re trying to make a point that we all just want to go to school, we want to get our work done and be comfortable and just want to go home. I feel like if I wore jeans and a cute shirt, I’d be more distracting than what I’m wearing now.
The school district declined to comment on the controversy on-camera, but superintendent John Marschhausen released a written statement saying they’d investigate the issue:
We are committed to providing an appropriate educational environment while respecting the students’ freedom of expression. The district will be reviewing the dress code policies and procedures that led to this event and will provide more defined expectations in the near future.