Albuquerque school restricts cheer uniform from campus dress code


ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Football season means long Friday nights and game days celebrated at high schools around the state, but some students at La Cueva say game days at their schools just aren’t as fun.

Parents of cheerleaders at La Cueva High School aren’t happy with administrators. They say their girls were told they can’t wear their cheerleading outfits on campus for game days.

The school says three girls were taken to detention, or what the school calls the “bear cave” last Friday, for wearing their uniforms. They were asked to change before they could return to class.

The district’s dress code states students can’t wear “short shorts or skirts” and that “low cut shirts” are off limits. It also says principals like La Cueva’s have the right to implement stricter dress codes.

The school’s athletic director, Leeann Moses, said shorts and skirts have to extend lower than a girl’s fingertips as she’s holding her arms to her side, and that all shirts must have sleeves. So according to the school’s dress code, the girls uniforms are too revealing.

“We wear spandex under them which is like pretty much wearing shorts under our skirts,” Junior Varsity Cheerleader Ashlyn Villanueva said. “We could wear our shells with long sleeve shirts, but not our skirts.”

The girls are allowed to wear their uniforms at games, just not in the classroom. Some parents told KRQE News 13 that it makes no sense if the district considers extracurricular activities an extension of APS, yet their children can’t wear APS approved uniforms on campus.

The school said the girls can wear their uniforms to school as long as they wear sweats under their skirts and long sleeves under their tops.

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