While one teen's cardboard prom dress was celebrated for its uniqueness, another teen's attempt at making a red, white and blue fashion statement was flagged as inappropriate.
Texanna Edwards, a senior at Tennessee's Gibson County High School, was turned away from her prom last week after appearing in a custom-made dress that resembled the Confederate flag, the Tennessean reports.
The 18-year-old said she was surprised the school didn't allow her to attend the dance in her gown, saying other students regularly wear clothes and jewelry bearing the Confederate flag symbol.
"They looked at me and said, 'You can't go in because your dress is offensive and might start something,'" Edwards told WREG News.
Eddie Pruett, director of schools for the Gibson County School System, said officials feared the symbol might cause controversy at the dance, particularly because there have been "race-related issues" in the past.
"You have to try to do what’s best for every child. Because of past incidents, [Principal James Hughes] felt that by admitting that dress it could cause a problem that night, or it could continue on throughout the school year," Pruett told the Tennessean.
But Edwards says she didn't mean to offend anyone with her fashion choice.
"It was done just for the sole fact that I just wanted a rebel flag dress because I thought it was cool," she told WMC-TV.
The station also spoke with several students from Gibson High School, who said they felt the school overreacted.
School officials told Edwards she could attend the dance if she changed clothes, but the teen refused to do so, according to the Tennessean.
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