Prom’s a time when every teenager on the block goes fashionable. Trendsetting attires, stylish shoes, gorgeous accessories, fashionable hairdos and what not. However, school leaders are coming up with new changes that are of serious concern. Gone are the days when ladies could dazzle the prom floors with gorgeous revealing dresses. Now the tables have turned. Students no longer enjoy a free-reign on dresses, especially the ones to be worn on prom nights. Instead, they are required to get a preapproval on prom attires by the school leaders. Photos of both front and back need to be submitted to the administrator for approval. Post approval, students will be allowed to purchase dance tickets.
Are you aware of the incident that took place at the Stansbury High School in Utah? Well, the administrators of the school kicked a dozen students out of the school dance just because their clothes failed to keep up with the standard dress code. Guess what happened next? There were raging parents and disgruntled students all over. Infact, the students even got themselves clothed in their homecoming dresses for a regular class on Monday as a sign of protest. Though this incident led to a badge of infamy, students and parents did not bother to clear the bad air. The outrage continued and people started voicing their fury on the popular social media site “Facebook”. A fresh new page popped up with a very attractive title “Stansbury High Homecoming Spirit Massacre”. Soonafter, the number of visitors beefed up and the counts of likes were as huge as 3100 in just a couple of hours.
Now, the Catholic High School in Pennsylvania has come up with a restricted dress code too. According to this, if a dress is too short or revealing with extremely low cuts on the front or at the back, has a thigh-high slit or an exposing midriff falls under the dress code ban. In a nutshell, if a prom dress is too revealing and gives the illusion of nudity, that student won’t be handed dance tickets or allowed to attend the gala prom night.
Most considered this rule arbitrary but the question that arises here is – where’s humility and modesty in this? Ridiculing students in front of their peers, is that the right thing to do? What does it teach afterall? Fashion and clothing is entirely an expression, an outward expression to be precise. There’s absolutely no point in indulging in a war with children for slipping into attires that’s more of skin show than skin cover. If one successfully instills self-worth in respect instead of obsessing on her looks or what she wears, there’s bound to be a difference. Shaming young girls or giving them a black eye is no solution. As parents, you need to encourage them into a good round of conversation that certainly does end up as a debate of perspective. Knowledge about self-respect and gratitude towards Almighty is enough to mark all grades. As long as they understand that the beautiful body is not just to rope in the interests of opposites, shaming or taking advantage of hardcore rules won’t be necessary at all!