By Tanya Basu
September 3, 2015

A Cape Cod–area high school is protesting the school administration’s restrictions on

pants, saying the dress code is equivalent to body shaming.

The new rule at Cape Cod Regional Tech in Harwich, Mass., requires girls to wear a dress, skirt or shorts with yoga pants.

Some girls are showing up to school in yoga pants to protest the rule.

“I think we need to dress appropriately at school and not show anything that is inappropriate,” senior class president Seana Aiolupotea told WBZ-TV, dressed in just the yoga pants. “But at the same time, we need to be standing up for our rights in what we can wear.”

“In the hallways we’re always

dress in one way or another,” school superintendent Robert Sanborn said. “It’s hats indoors, tank tops things of that nature, and it’s a teachable moment. It’s not a disciplinary action. It’s not detention.”

Reactions were mixed within the school’s female community. “Yoga pants are really comfortable,” one girl said. Another disagreed: “Being a girl, I also feel uncomfortable with it, seeing a girl showing things. I’m like, they shouldn’t be dressing like that!”

Write to Tanya Basu at tanya.basu@time.com.

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