Join the Meeting Place for Moms!
Talk to other moms, share advice, and have fun!

(minimum 6 characters)

Homecoming Controversy Arises At Mesquite High, what do you think?

Posted by on Sep. 28, 2010 at 1:07 PM
  • 42 Replies

 Personally I think it is ridiculous.

Homecoming Controversy Arises At Mesquite High

By Andrea Lucia
MESQUITE (CBS 11 / TXA 21) ―

Seventeen-year-old Christina Barnes put a lot of thought into picking out just the right dress for the Mesquite High School homecoming dance Saturday night.

"It's a gorgeous dress. It cost a lot of money," she said.

It cost about $400 dollars, and her parents said Christina pulled extra shifts as a part-time waitress to help pay for it.

"We fell in love with it," said her mother, Sarah Barnes.

What they didn't know was that the dress would keep her from ever stepping foot inside the dance hall.

"It was horrible. It was horrible. She was in tears. All her friends were in tears," said Barnes.

Several families with daughters attending Mesquite High School called the CBS11 newsroom to report as many as 50 girls had been turned away from the dance for wearing inappropriate dresses.

"Your dress is too short, your dress shows too much cleavage," 17-year-old Jaclynn said she was told.

Several parents said they approved their daughters' outfits and felt insulted by administrators.

"I'm one of the most conservative dads out there…. It's questioning my integrity, my judgment," said Bryan Barnes.

Some parents said they tried to intervene on their c
hildren's behalf, only to be escorted away by security.
"It's degrading being told that… oh, I wouldn't let my daughter go out wearing that," said 17-year-old Amanda Menn.

A flier for the school dance called for "modest" attire and cautioned against wearing anything "too short" or "too tight," but several girls say because their dates bought the tickets they never received that warning.

"What really angers me was that it was at one person's discretion with no rules," said Mrs. Barnes.

Parents told us they snapped pictures of girls who were allowed inside the dance. Several had shorter skirts than their daughters. One even appeared to be wearing the exact same dress as Christina.

"She got in the dance, and I didn't," she said.

Christina now said she wants an apology and a refund for her ticket to the dance she never attended.

"I don't get that back. It's my senior year, my last year of high school," she said.

CBS 11 couldn't reach the principal, but an assistant principal for the school directed us to Mesquite ISD's communications department.

Calls for comment have not been returned.

(© MMX, CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.)

With light and love

by on Sep. 28, 2010 at 1:07 PM
Add your quick reply below:
You must be a member to reply to this post.
Replies (1-10):
haleyleedy
by on Sep. 28, 2010 at 1:08 PM
What pisses me off is the girl with the same dress was allowed in. Also i bet their cheerleaders wear there uniforms to school. The dress was short but not horribly.
Posted on CafeMom Mobile
SoKamele
by on Sep. 28, 2010 at 1:09 PM

Personally, I think it's great.

Lunarprancer
by Betsy on Sep. 28, 2010 at 1:10 PM

 I know, people wear mini skirts, sheesh.  Good point about the cheerleaders.  I wonder if they have an every day dress code.

Quoting haleyleedy:

What pisses me off is the girl with the same dress was allowed in. Also i bet their cheerleaders wear there uniforms to school. The dress was short but not horribly.

 

With light and love

art.diva
by on Sep. 28, 2010 at 1:13 PM
Wow...reminds me of footloose

             

Sirenabella
by on Sep. 28, 2010 at 1:14 PM

I wouldn't see a problem IF they had specific rules that had been made clear to everyone beforehand, the clothes worn to school everyday weren't worse, others wearing the same or smaller dresses hadn't been allowed in.

Lunarprancer
by Betsy on Sep. 28, 2010 at 1:15 PM

 Why?  Just curious =0)

Quoting SoKamele:

Personally, I think it's great.

 

With light and love

Lunarprancer
by Betsy on Sep. 28, 2010 at 1:16 PM

 LOL

Quoting art.diva:

Wow...reminds me of footloose

 

With light and love

lilywitch
by on Sep. 28, 2010 at 1:17 PM

The pic is small, but I don't see anything inappropriate. The dresses are barely above the knee. Who was in charge of determining whether they got in or not? I mean, I understand if you are seeing booty and nips, but I don't see anything wrong with these....

Lunarprancer
by Betsy on Sep. 28, 2010 at 1:17 PM
Samantha_1629
by on Sep. 28, 2010 at 1:21 PM

I think that if a school is going to have a dress code on prom then it should be announced at the beginning of the school year. And regularly announced throughout the year. And there should be rules, not just one person making instant decisions.

Add your quick reply below:
You must be a member to reply to this post.
Join the Meeting Place for Moms!
Talk to other moms, share advice, and have fun!

(minimum 6 characters)