Claudetteia Love, an openly gay senior from Carroll High School in Monroe, Louisiana, was told that a tux is not appropriate for a girl to wear to prom. What year is this? Since when are pants not okay for a woman to wear to a formal event?
According to The News-Star, Claudetteia's mom, Geraldine Love, was told this policy by the school's principal, explaining: "He said that the faculty that is working the prom told him they weren't going to work the prom if (girls) were going to wear tuxes. That's his exact words. 'Girls wear dresses and boys wear tuxes, and that's the way it is.'"
Claudetteia's friends, who were all going to attend the prom as a group, decided to skip it to support their friend.
Claudetteia explained to The News-Star, "I told my mom, 'They're using me. They put me in all these honors and advanced placement classes so I can take all of these tests and get good grades and better the school, but when it's time for me to celebrate the fact that I've accomplished what I need to accomplish and I'm about to graduate, they don't want to let me do it, the way I want to.'"
The city's school board president, Rodney McFarland, notes that he has requested to discuss the rule with the school principal, explaining: "As school board president, I don't agree with Carroll banning her from her prom just because of what she wants to wear - that's discrimination. As far as I know there is no Monroe City School Board policy saying what someone has to wear to attend the prom. You can't just go making up policies."
Claudetteia also explained that she hopes this experience is an eye-opener that will pave the way for other students: "There are other girls in lower grades than me, and I want for them when they come up to not to have to feel like they aren't accepted. There are people in the world that won't accept you but they don't have to be so judgmental and make you feel like you're less of a person and that you shouldn't express yourself."