Deweyville High student leads effort to amend or abolish prom dress code

Deweyville High School's junior/senior prom will be on Saturday, April 26, but on that day there are plans for two proms.

The second prom, which is being called an anti-prom, is being put together by students upset about Deweyville's dress code for prom.

But junior class co-president Talon Shoemake does not support a protest prom because it would split his classmates, but he does not support the restrictive dress code either.



That's why the 17-year-old Shoemake will address the school board Monday night at 7:00.  He will ask school trustees to amend or abolish the dress code.

Under the dress code, girls attending the prom must get prior approval from three people picked by the principal on their dresses.

That approval is also needed for girls from other schools attending the Deweyville prom.

The dress code reads:

*Dresses may not be cut below the bust line (cleavage areas).  No cleavage should be showing.

*The bust line continues around your side directly under the armpit.  Dress should follow the natural bra line under the arm.

*The back of the dress may not dip lower than three inches above the waistline.

*An insert must be in the dress if it laces up, even if it meets in the back.

*Dresses may not have the midriffs exposed including both the front and sides.

*No exposed flesh around the midriff is allowed.

*Dresses that have the midriff exposed with a see through fabric are not allowed.

*Dresses may not have a slit that exceeds four inches above the top of the knee.

*Dresses many not be constructed with see through fabrics such as tulle, netting or illusion.

*No pinning will be allowed as an alteration for a dress.  If the dress must be pinned, it does not meet dress code.

*Fabric inserts must be sewn as alterations to the dress.

*No cover-ups(shawls, wraps, sweaters, etc.) will be allowed over the dresses that do not meet the dress code.

*Undergarments must not be visible.

Shoemake says, "A modern overhaul is long overdue, and under the current criteria finding a dress that meets the requirements is strikingly difficult."

Jazmin Castillo, the assistant manager of Precious Times, which sells prom dresses, agrees with Shoemake saying the latest styles in formalwear won't fit with the school's guidelines.

Shoemake says students fund most of the prom themselves, each junior paying $125, so they should have more of a say in what they are allowed to wear.

Shoemake has also set up an online petition, click here.

Shoemake says most girls are too scared to even get pre-approval for their dresses and have decided to attend the anti-prom.


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