What do 6 of the 7 girls pictured above have in common? They were all turned away from the Stansbury High Homecoming dance this last Saturday for wearing dresses revealing their knees.
Half the girls in attendance for the highly anticipated annual event were refused entry, due to confusion over an outdated dress code policy stating that gowns needed to be,
“at or near knee length.”
Some of the girls turned away had dresses their parents had spent hundreds of dollars modifying to meet the vaguely stated rule. Many were banned for showing a mere inch of thigh. Homecoming Queen, Erika Alvey, pictured below,was also banned from the dance.
“I got to the dance and I was wearing my crown and sash. I was told if I wanted to come in I would have to go home and put on leggings because my dress was too short.”
Over the weekend students created a Facebook Page, aptly titled, “Stansbury High Homecoming Spirit Massacre”, which has garnered over 3600 likes. Principal Kendall Topham is quoted:
“As much as we want to have a certain level of appropriateness and reasonableness, there was never any intention for people to leave heartbroken and disgruntled and confused and frustrated. So that apology needed to happen and it did happen.”
Topham and staff are currently working to both revise the code and organize a makeup dance. While some parents and students are still fuming, Erika Alvey has a more positive view,
“I accept Mr. Topham’s apology. He and the school are trying to do the best they can to make up for what happened. In the end, after we work through this, it will bring us all together.”