Students Fight Back Against Last Minute Prom Dress Code Guidelines

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We've heard about plenty of dress code drama with prom dresses this year, but what about this last minute number a Connecticut school pulled on prom goers?

Just eight days before prom, Shelton High School officials reminded students of the dress code, which stated that side cutouts, backless dresses, and exposed midriffs were no-nos.

While the school superintendent claims the announcement restated the existing dress code policy, students called the guidelines vague, with girls facing the worry of being sent home from prom if they were dressed "inappropriately."

According to The New York Times, Junior Alexis Gerics' mother said her concern was with the late notice and the lack of explanation of the guidelines. She explained, "They say it's in the student handbook. There's no specifics anywhere."

Students responded with a petition which, in part, read:

"Dismayed, many girls, who had been shopping and planning for months, were informed for the first time that their pricey and, in many cases, nonrefundable dressed would not be allowed. Superintendent Freeman Burr claimed that 'We made sure that guidelines were set well in advance of this event, so that both students and their parents were aware of our expectations'. However neither the student handbook, prom contract, nor prom tickets stated what would and wouldn't be considered appropriate attire. Eight days before the prom was the first time students were clearly told what they could wear."

You can read the full petition here.



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