Some high school cheerleaders in Bridgeport think their new uniforms show too much skin and they want town officials to do something about it.
Heidi Medina, a former captain of Central High School’s cheerleading squad, stood before the Bridgeport Board of Education last week, took off her oversized sweats and revealed her revealing cheerleading uniform, the Connecticut Post reports.
"We ask with the utmost respect you (to) do anything in your power to help us," Medina said, according to the Post. "I don't feel comfortable wearing this."
The uniform that has the teens red faced and angry includes a quarter-length top that shows cheerleaders’ midriffs and over-sized sweats, the Post reports.
Nyasia Clemons, a senior, said the uniforms violate league rules that require uniforms, when “standing at attention, apparel must cover the midriff."
Denise Clemons, assistant superintendent for secondary schools, told the Post that the new uniforms are appropriate, that the sizes were based on sizes students gave last spring, but that the city's athletic director would purchase black body suits for the girls to wear underneath the uniform.
The girls’ complaint comes soon after a study on college cheerleaders was released that determined that women, especially those wearing midriff-bearing uniforms, are at risk of developing eating disorders.