DOWNINGTOWN, Pa. (AP) – A parochial school in Pennsylvania has dropped a requirement that girls wear tights amid a backlash and concerns with medical issues raised by parents.

Bishop Shanahan High School in Downingtown announced the change in the dress code rule on Monday. Parents were informed in June their daughters would have to wear tights starting in the fall instead of knee socks.

Principal Michael McArdle tells the policy had nothing to do with boys’ interest in girls’ legs. He says the administration was looking for “what creates the best impression or best look.”

Parents said the rule was sexist and medically hazardous.

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