A high school principal wants to be the one who says yes to the dress.
Earlier this week, students at Southwood High School in Shreveport, Louisiana received a text informing them of new dress code rules regarding the upcoming prom in April.
“As you begin shopping for your attire, please make sure you do not purchase any clothes that are sheer or revealing in any manner. Also, make sure we not see excess cleavage or skin,” read the message sent by the school’s principal, Kim Pendleton, reported NBC News.
In addition, Pendelton announced all female students or the female dates of male students would need her approval before buying a gown.
“Prior to purchasing an outfit, I will need you to send me a picture of you in the outfit with your name and grade. Once I approve the outfit, you may purchase it,” she added. “The approved outfit is the only one you will be allowed to wear to prom.”
Pendleton said she instituted the controversial mandate by taking into account the concerns of parents after students showed up in appropriate attire at past school-sponsored events. She also claims the policy has been positively received by "parents who are proud of the school for taking a stand to ensure prom is an encouraging, wholesome event."
But many others have voiced outrage believing the policy crossed the line.
"The principal should only put a dress code in place and deny entry to those who don't abide, but her needing a picture to approve the prom outfit is absurd!!!,” wrote an angry Twitter user.
"Once again the blame is placed solely on the female," added another who was upset that male students were not being subjected to any dress code rules.
“It should be the parents say-so of the kid’s approval instead of the principal, so I think that’s just totally wrong,” a family member of one of the female students told KTAL.
Well after getting a lot of feedback over the last several days, the school has rescinded the dress code policy.
On Friday, the Caddo Parish Public Schools released a statement saying “it is no longer a requirement for students to have pre-approval for their formal dress prior to prom.” The fashion police have left the buildng!
Principal Pendelton has not publicly commented since the school board reversed her fashion mandate.