Yes, I know they weren’t naked.
“Captain Underpants costume foils students school fun
BY JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER
Newsday Staff Writer
October 25, 2006, 10:09 PM EDT
This sounds like a job for Captain Underpants!
If the captain’s creator, author Dav Pilkey, were to write the story of the conflict Wednesday at Long Beach High School, it might open like this: The evil school principal went insane with horror when he saw three girls strolling brazenly through hallways looking like caped crusaders. Naked caped crusaders.
But in reality, principal Nicholas Restivo is simply an administrator who, on Superhero Day, had a problem with the way the three seniors were dressed. He issued them an ultimatum: Change clothes, cover up or leave school.
At the root of the clash was Captain Underpants, chubby superhero star of popular children’s books in which he battles talking toilets and foes such as Professor Poopypants.
Chelsea Horowitz, Ashley Imhof and Eliana Levin, all 17, arrived at school Wednesday as the captain: They wore beige leotards and nude stockings under white briefs. Red capes flared from their backs.
Around them, students milled about dressed as Superman, Wonderwoman — even Quail Man, the nonviolent hero from the cartoon ‘Doug.’
Superhero Day is part of Long Beach High’s Senior Week. Monday was Switch Day, where boys dressed like girls and vice versa. Tuesday was Nerd Day. Thursday is Spirit Day, where they wear school colors, blue and white. Friday is Pirate Day. But the Captain Underpants getup didn’t meet the approval of principal Restivo. He described the costume as ‘tight-fitting, flesh-colored leotards and leggings.’
‘Yes, I know they weren’t naked,” he said. “But the appearance was that they were naked.'”