School Enforces Prom Dress Code With “Modesty Poncho”

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A Michigan Catholic school has made headlines after news of its  “modesty poncho” for prom went viral. Officials from Divine Child High  School in Dearborn put the “modesty poncho” on display in a hallway to  remind students to dress appropriately to prom or they’ll be handed one  of the pink oversized ponchos to cover up.

A note attached to the poncho read, “If your dress does not meet our  formal dance dress requirements- no problem! We’ve got you covered -  literally.” However, officials from the school are now speaking out  saying its not to be taken seriously.

“Our intention with displaying the poncho was never to make students  feel uncomfortable, but to remind all students and parents of our formal  Prom dress policy, which has not changed for several years,” principal Eric Haley  wrote in a statement. “To be clear: The poncho will not be passed out  at Prom. It was on display to proactively remind students of our dress  code policies and eliminate any confusion prior to this special event.”

  • Haley goes on to say that he encourages students to tailor dresses  that may be deemed too inappropriate and that, “If necessary, we may  also provide wraps and shawls, as we have done at school functions for  many years.”
  • Some students now fear to speak out about the false alarm after one  girl was reportedly disciplined for criticizing the policy. One female  student notes that before the principal made the statement, she’d been  forced to start looking for a new dress. So far no parents have  complained. 

See it here >> New York Post

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