IMAGEL Captain Underpants
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The cover from one of the "Captain Underpants" series of books by author Dav Pilkey. Captain Underpants has battled talking toilets and Professor Poopypants, but he was no match for a high school principal who banned students from dressing up as the children's book character.
updated 10/26/2006 6:31:11 PM ET 2006-10-26T22:31:11

Captain Underpants may be a superhero, but he isn't welcome at one suburban New York school.

Three 17-year-old girls were told to leave Long Beach High School when they showed up on Superhero Day dressed as the subject of the best-selling children's books.

The girls wore beige leotards and nude stockings under white briefs and red capes.

Principal Nicholas Restivo says he knows they weren't naked, but it appeared that way, so he sent them home to change.

One of the girls says she doesn't understand the fuss. Honor student Chelsea Horowitz said of the costume, "They're not see-through or anything."

Captain Underpants has battled, among other things, talking toilets and the infamous Professor Poopypants.

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