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Cheerleaders' new miniskirts are too short for class, school says

Cheerleaders at a San Jose high school have been prohibited from wearing their miniskirt uniforms to class because the new, shorter hemline doesn't comply with the school's dress code.

The Piedmont Hills High School cheerleaders told the San Jose Mercury News that the ban was unfair.

"It's our school colors and spirit," senior Antonia Bavilacqua told the newspaper. "And they're making us feel like outcasts."

School authorities suggested that the cheerleaders wear sweatpants or bike shorts under the skirts –- a solution deemed "dorky" by the cheer squad. Under the school's dress code, skirts must reach the mid-thigh.

But after the paper ran its front-page story, the two sides seemed to have reached a compromise: The girls said they would instead wear their sleeveless cheer tops with jeans.


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