Captain Underpants is banned from Long Beach High School in Long Beach, NY . For those of you who are unfamiliar with Captain Underpants, he is a superhero invented by a young man named Dav Pilkey in 1973. Captain Underpants has done battle with talking toilets and the infamous Professor Poopypants. It is recommended reading for ages 7 - 10 and published by Scholastic, Inc. The superhero has created controversy over the years. The comic book series has been banned from schools and libraries throughout the country. Some parents have found the content somewhat offensive. The series of books include story lines on bathroom humor, hypnotizing a mean principal etc.
The author Dav Pilkey had a reading disability when he was a child, so his comic books are filled with more pictures than words. As you can see, Captain Underpants wears briefs and a red cape. Three 17 year old teenagers decided to dress up as Captain Underpants for their Superhero Day, but the school's principle would have no part of it. The teens wore beige leotards and nude stockings under white briefs and red capes. The principle took offense to the girls showing the briefs. Visible underpants in the school's hallways is not permitted. The students were dismissed so they could go home and return in proper attire.
I wonder what the parents were thinking when their daughters left for school dressed in briefs and a cape. Did the teens know that Captain Underpants was banned from schools and libraries across the country? Did the teens know that underpants were not allowed to be shown? The teens felt that the costumes was appropriate, they weren't actually naked, it just appeared that they were. Would you allow your 17 year old daughter to leave for school dressed as Captain Underpants?