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Fashion trends have run afoul of school dress codes before, but some students are resisting the Minnetonka High School principal's request to "keep things covered up" when wearing leggings.
An e-mail was sent out to parents, urging them to talk to their children about the popular tight, spandex leggings and how they are being worn. Principal Dave Adney says he isn't trying to ban the bottoms, but says there is growing concern about how much bottom is showing.
"You are not evil if you wear spandex," Adney said. "That's not the word I want out there."
Instead, Adney says the new ways of wearing the leggings is becoming a distracting to students. Where students once paired long tops with the leggings, Adney says shirts are getting shorter and showing a lot more.
"It's just kind of a body-suit kind of look," said Adney. "It's distracting to a wide variety of boys and girls in school."
While students Courtney Nash, Anna Cushing and Ellie Crowell can all see where Adney is coming from, they say they don't agree that it's inappropriate to wear spandex to school.
"The majority of the time when I see people dressed in what we are talking about, I don't really think it's anything risqué," Crowell said.
Cushing added that most girls who wear the leggings don't expect it to become a distraction.
"When people put on leggings, I don't think the people have the intention of saying, 'Oh, I want my butt to look super good,'" Cushing told FOX 9 News.
Furthermore, Cushing said that school officials should not discourage students from wearing whatever makes them feel confident as long as the clothes are not obviously inappropriate.
"If a girl feels comfortable in what they are wearing, then it should be accepted and not prohibited," she argued.
Some have argued that the leggings are no different than tight-fitting jeans, but Adney says denim does not allow others to see the sort of definition that other fabrics, like spandex, can.
"If you choose to wear it because it's more relaxing, I understand it -- but let's wear something a little longer that covers up a little bit more of the body," Adney urged.
Laurel Famigletti often wears spandex for comfort, but says that she also wears them with a longer shirt because she wants to lead by example for the sake of her 7-year-old daughter.
"We want [girls[ to learn to respect themselves," she said. "I don't think any of us would run around with our bottoms showing -- especially as a mother."
Yet, Nash said she doesn't think the new trend is disrespectful.
"I think we are just trying to be comfortable and it's something that's accepted now," she said.
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