A group of school cheerleaders claim they were told not to wear their uniforms because a male student complained it gave him "impure thoughts".
According to a report by People, the 44 strong array of cheerleaders at Timpview High School in Utah were told not to wear their uniforms to school sporting events.
The report claims that a male student told a counsellor at the school that the cheerleaders gave him "impure thoughts", and the student's mother subsequently emailed the school's administrators to formally complain.
Allegedly, the cheerleaders were then told by their coach not to wear their uniforms on match days.
The Provo School District has denied that the cheerleaders were instructed to not wear their uniforms to school sporting events.
The school's principal, Dr Fidel Montero has met with several students to confirm that there is in fact no ban on the cheerleading uniforms.
A spokesperson for the school district has stated that they are investigating what the cheerleading team were told, and how this "misunderstanding" came about.
According to the cheerleaders quoted in People, the instructions were clear, and came from an assistant principal, given to the cheerleading coach.
The assistant principal's instructions followed a meeting of the school's administrators which had struggled to decide if action should be taken regarding the male student's complaint.
Despite the denials from the administration, criticism of the school has intensified. Fox 13 quotes student JoAnna Johnson:
I kind of felt like it's the school almost supporting a rape culture
Another, speaking anonymously to People said:
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. Why should this boy have control over what we wear?
The school is located in a predominantly Mormon (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) area, and the incident has received more attention because of the religion's focus on conservative dress.
A previous incident at Brigham Young University, also in Provo, when a female student who accused a man of rape was then punished for breaking the school's honor code, has also added to the scrutiny of Timpview High School.
Indy100 has contacted the Timpview School administration for comment.
HT Pink News