The message from cheerleaders at Utah's Timpview High School is a less than cheerful one: "I kind of felt like it's the school almost supporting a rape culture," a cheerleader tells Fox 13. The girls say the situation began when a male student complained to a school counselor that the cheerleaders' skirts were causing him to have "impure" thoughts. The boy's mom sent an email to administrators and some of the cheerleaders tell People a meeting was called to discuss possible action. The girls say school officials couldn't decide what to do about the uniforms, "but then after the meeting, one of the assistant principals communicated to the cheer coach that we shouldn't be wearing our uniforms to school" as is tradition before a football game, one says.
And so none of the 44 cheerleaders wore her skirt to school last Friday. "It's giving this boy power that when he grows up and does something to a girl, he can blame it on her skirt being too short. It really made me angry," says one of the cheerleaders. A rep for the Provo City School District—located in a Mormon area of Utah—says there was a "misunderstanding" between the cheer coach and a school official. "The school was never going to say you can't wear your uniforms or dress in a certain way." The school principal said Monday that the cheerleaders can indeed wear their uniforms. (This school told cheerleaders exactly how to look.)