Catholic High School Bans Girls From Wearing Skirts

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Currents News Staff

Young women at Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego area are no longer allowed to wear skirts on campus, and most of the students aren’t exactly head over heels with the ban.

It’s a call to decency or an immodest proposal, depending on who you ask.

“I think that the ban is very sexist,” said Cathedral student Lana Owad.

One student, Mimi Cleary, says the dress code ban is definitely coming from the adults.

“No one wants the skirts going, like literally no one wants the skirts gone,” said Cleary. “I think only the principal and teachers want the skirts gone.”

In a letter sent to parents and students, Cathedral says the dress code exists to foster a faith-based environment where students are focused on learning and not outward appearances, adding that they’ve issued thousands of hours of detention related to the lengths of girls’ skirts.

“We’ve had to have a tailor in the past because of the restriction of it, we spend money on that,” said student Riley Staal. “We spent money on buying different skirts because because they ban other styles.”

Students also say their families have spent enough on uniforms, and they should be able to present themselves how they feel comfortable.

“Everyone should just keep their eyes to themselves,” says Owad. “They don’t have to be looking down at our skirts. That’s not our issue. I think guys get to wear pants girls, get to wear skirts. It shouldn’t be banned.”