Despite spending hundreds of dollars in preparation for the big night, two high school seniors, Nyasia Mitchell and Laneisha Williams, were not allowed to enter their prom because their dresses were deemed inappropriate, according to
ABC 9 News.
"They [the school] told me my top was inappropriate, so I offered to button the jacket I had on," explained Williams. "Then they said my shirt was too short, but it came to my knees so I don't feel like it was too short."
"I was furious," said Williams' mother. "Who are you to tell my daughter that her skirt is too short? I'm the mother."Their school, Mt. Healthy in Cincinnati, Ohio, sent a letter home to parents in April regarding the school’s expectations for what students should and shouldn’t wear on prom night. ABC 9 News reports that part of the letter read:
Inappropriate dresses that are too short in length or reveal excess cleavage will not be permitted. Students who arrive inappropriately dressed will be required to change clothes prior to entering the event. Parents will be contacted if any dress code concerns arise with their child.
Watch the video above to see Mitchell and Williams' dresses.
Mt. Healthy is hardly the first place to institute controversial prom-wear restrictions on its students.
Last year, the Wall Street Journal reported on schools with extreme prom dress codes, such as a high school in Cedartown, Ga that hung posters in the hallways of “acceptable” and “unacceptable" dresses. Another high school outside of Oklahoma City gave a PowerPoint presentation on their 12-page dress code.
But perhaps the most serious high school prom story happened this past March, when high school seniors in California were told they needed to wear “gender appropriate” attire to their prom. School officials told female students that they could not wear tuxedos and that male students would be required to wear them.
The ACLU ended up stepping in and demanding that officials change the rules because of their inherent discrimination against gay students.
"Any student should be able to wear whatever they want no matter if they are boy or girl, because it’s what they feel comfortable in," Amber Stanford, a junior at the school, told NBC 4 News.
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