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School District Proposes Near Ban on Tight Pants After ‘Bigger Girls’ Get Bullied


Student Macey Austin screengrab via WECT

In my day, school administrators threw fits over baggy jeans hanging below the hip. Now the kids are running around in their tight pants, and it’s causing all sorts of mayhem in one North Carolina school district, I guess.

A proposed policy from New Hanover County Schools would ban tight jeans and leggings unless students wear a top or dress that “covers the posterior area in its entirety.” Anyone caught breaking the rule will be forced to change clothes. Anyone caught breaking it repeatedly faces out-of-school suspension.

New Hanover County School Board Vice Chair Jeannette Nichols told WECT the new policy was proposed because “bigger girls” were getting bullied for wearing tight jeans.

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The school district tweeted students, asking them what they thought of the possible near-ban. The results were pretty great.

Though the policy is ostensibly gender neutral, it’s more likely to affect girls since they tend to wear tight pants more often than boys.

Lisa Estep, a school board member, confirmed to WECT that they still have to vote on the issue, but promised student input would partially shape the final policy. If passed, the rule will be enforced starting next school year.

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