So, for a change, I’m going to write about someone else’s mother.
Sadly, I think she may be trapped in a well.
Marche Taylor is the high school senior who was kicked out of her prom because school officials deemed her dress was too risqué and insisted she leave. She refused. She asked for a refund of her prom tickets since they would not let her enter, the school official refused and told her she could go home or be escorted out by police.
So she was dragged away in handcuffs.
According to an ABC news report by Emily Friedman, a representative for the school district, Terry Abbott, said,
“The young lady came to the prom wearing an inappropriate dress after the students were told what the guidelines were.”
According to the report, “Only one inch of an attendants’ midsection was permitted to be shown and slits in dresses could be no more than three inches above the knee” and “see-through fabrics should not be worn in places which reveal private body parts.”
Marche made her own prom dress, according to news reports. And I think we can all admit she showed a great deal of creativity in her design. (Although not a great deal of fabric.)
A young girl who goes to the prom dressed in a gold lame ace bandage is looking for attention, and now, thanks to YouTube and 24-hour news cycles, she’s got it in spades.
Google Marche Taylor, and you get 506,000 hits.
My question is, how did Marche get out of the house in that highly creative dress?
Why did Marche’s mother not stop her at the front door and say, “young lady, you are not going to the prom unless you march yourself right back upstairs and put on some clothes.”
I am not in favor of schools dictating how students dress, I think that’s a parent’s job. I also think one of the most important ways that young people express themselves, as they are trying to figure out who they are, is through the way they dress.
And if that creativity is thwarted, via school uniforms or color-coded students, they will express themselves some other way, like with piercings, or tattoos. Or in my day, with legwarmers and mall bangs.
It’s disturbing to me that schools have found it necessary to create a rule that specifically states that see-through fabrics which reveal private body parts are not allowed.
Who are these parents who are letting their kids go out in public dressed in translucent loincloths and boob tubes?
More importantly, where are they?