Erica DeRamus, an Alabama high school student, was suspended for three days after her school's officials deemed her prom dress too short and too revealing. We have to say we completely disagree. Erica's dress may be short, but it's trendy, and the color is perfect on her. She glows in it!
But what made our jaws drops even further than hearing about Erica unfairly missing her prom was that she opted for the suspension instead of being paddled. Say what? This happens in 2010?
In total, eighteen students at the prom were accused of violating the school's dress code, and everyone except Erica chose to be paddled as punishment. "We're too old to be paddled," Erica says. "This is high school. We're seniors. If we act up, give us another option besides getting paddled because this is not the 1940s. We don't take corporal punishment now."
According to schoolpaddling.org, corporal punishment in schools is still legal in 21 states, "and it remains a fairly common practice in five of them, all in the South: Texas, Oklahoma, Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi."
What do you think about this? Is this going on in your school?