Back in my day (this officially makes me old) prom dresses were a lot simpler. I can’t remember anyone wearing one that would be considered scandalous or revealing. And while there are still plenty of dresses that are elegant and can be deemed “age appropriate,” there are a ton that I would cringe if I saw my gorgeous teenage cousins wearing.
Well, this week on the Today Show they covered the story of a high school that attempted to prevent their students from wearing said dresses. A staff member at Stanton College Preparatory School in Jacksonville, FL is in hot water for posting the following flyers:
Ay yi yi. While I understand the idea and think the school has a right to enforce a dress code, I have to say their approach was all wrong. There is a definitely a less condescending way to get the message across. Oh, and posting dress guidelines MORE THAN A WEEK before prom would probably be helpful, too. Dress ain’t cheap AND finding the perfect one can be a kind of right of passage. It’s the high schooler’s version of wedding dress shopping.
I will say though, it’s wonderful to see the student body unite to tackle the topic at hand, as seen in the video above. They changed the theme of their visitation day to Women’s Day and have been using #SPCGoodGirl on social media when addressing the topic.
I think student Andrew Boulos summed it up best with this tweet:
“always been proud of my high school… until today. Stanton, who are you to define a good girl. THEY ARE ALL GREAT GIRLS #scpgoodgirl.”