Monday, January 24, 2005

The Prom Dress That's Not For Your Mother's Prom

Number 2 Pencil has the story on a $495.00 prom dress that is more suited for a house of ill fame. The dress itself is sold in some of the more trendy shops around the country, and it is said to be a good seller.

As a classroom teacher that has chaperoned many school dances, I can say that such an outfit as this would not make it past the front door at any school-sponsored function in our mid-sized south-western California school district.

That's because we live in a relatively conservative enclave in a state noted for its liberalism.

Having said that, over on the more "cosmopolitan" (sorry!) coast it may be a completely different story. There are some school districts that would probably admit a female wearing such a "dress," especially if the parents insisted, (after spending nearly $500.00) or threatened the principal with a complaint to the district's superintendent and/or governing board.

Most California school administrators will do almost anything to avoid being the subject of a written parent complaint, as such complaints are likely to damage the administrator's prospects for promotion.

Allowing the wearer to enter the prom will raise a number of eyebrows and set tongues waging, but will not likely result in any formal complaints.

Update: TeenWonk just chimed in with a "No way would I wear that dress." (The WifeWonk and myself are relieved....)

Other Commentary: Michelle over at A Small Victory is also relieved. Wizbang!
has an outstanding post that raises the possibility that this is a hoax!

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