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Student Gets Banned From Prom Over Confederate Dress

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Student Gets Banned From Prom Over Confederate Dress

Posted: April 26, 2012

A dress with the design of the Confederate Flag wound up getting a student bounced from her prom in Tennessee this Saturday.

Texanna Edwards, an 18 year old Gibson County High School senior, was dressed in a knee length red dress decorated with bright blue stripes and white stars resembling the Confederate battle flag. School officials would not allow the student to attend the prom telling her the dress was "offensive and inappropriate," reports the Jackson Sun.

Texanna stated in an interview Monday:

"We asked why they thought that, but they kept saying the same thing over and over. We kept asking people walking inside - black and white - and everyone said they loved it. Two black women even went off on the principal. They were upset with the principal. No one was upset with me."

Eddie Pruett, director of schools for the Gibson County Special School District, told the Sun:

"She was told because of the dress and what it would look like, it would be considered inappropriate. She had talked with the prom sponsor and they told her it would be inappropriate. ... I feel like Hughes followed legal precedents set by other court cases. Students have legal rights, and we don't infringe upon those. But we have to follow legal precedents, and if there is a reason to believe something could happen, we don't wait until after the fact to do something."

According to Pruett, there have been race-related issues at Gibson County High in recent years and that Principal James Hughes was concerned the dress could have caused possible conflicts.

Pruett continued to add:

"I hate that the girl was not able to attend prom, and this is an unfortunate incident. But as a school district, we have to look out for the best interest for all students. You have to try to do what's best for every child. Because of past incidents, Mr. Hughes felt that by admitting that dress it could cause a problem that night, or it could continue on throughout the school year."

http://www.inquisitr.com/225712/student-gets-banned-from-prom-over-confederate-dress/  

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by on Apr. 26, 2012 at 1:45 PM
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USBrit
by Bronze Member on Apr. 26, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Do we know for a fact that this girl "knew" what this flag symbolized as opposed to just knowing that it was a "flag" in the South at one time? I think she was pretty dumb either way....who wants to wear a flag to prom, BUT....she still has a right to do so, I would think it would fall under the freedom of speech. I see that flag all the time and I don't think of racism. I think of a Flag that once represented the South, period. Did she want attention......YEP...anyone wearing a flag wants attention! HA!

Peanutx3
by Ruby Member on Apr. 26, 2012 at 2:34 PM
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If she was told in advance that it would not be allowed then she has no one to blame but herself.  It was a choice she made.

USBrit
by Bronze Member on Apr. 26, 2012 at 2:35 PM

That should tell you something???

Quoting TCgirlatheart:

Someone named their kid "Texanna"??


kailu1835
by Ruby Member on Apr. 26, 2012 at 2:36 PM
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 You can't ban every offensive thing.  People will be offended by short skirts (above the knee), shorts, a combination of colors, etc etc etc.  And it sounds like the principal was the only one with the problem.

Quoting Citygirlk:

I think its because the dress might be seen as offensive to some and thats why it was deemed inapprorpriate.

Quoting kailu1835:

 I wouldn't wear it, because it's not very flattering, but she should not have gotten in trouble for it.  It's not even remotely inapprorpriate, and it sounds like the principle is the only one with the issue.  It sounds like he was being very subjective.

 

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Jessica7409
by on Apr. 26, 2012 at 2:39 PM

im sorry, but that girl had it coming..its not like the dress "kinda" looked like a confederate flag. its nearly a spitting image. and everyone knows that it is supposed to be banned in schools now. while i dont agree with it being banned..she knew it was, and when she picked that dress i have no doubt in my mind that she knew exactly what she was doing and what the consequences may be.

USBrit
by Bronze Member on Apr. 26, 2012 at 2:40 PM

While I do agree with you about the "dress police". I think that because of laws like "hate crimes" we are doomed to lose our rights one by one. I just can't wrap my mind around "hate crimes". If you "kill" someone, don't you pretty much "hate" them??? So whether black, white, green, or yellow...they are still dead? I just don't understand where we are going with all of this. So technically....if something happened at the school to cause racial tensions and there was a fight....maybe a "hate crime"? Who knows how far reaching some of the new laws go?

Quoting kailu1835:

 You can't ban every offensive thing.  People will be offended by short skirts (above the knee), shorts, a combination of colors, etc etc etc.  And it sounds like the principal was the only one with the problem.

Quoting Citygirlk:

I think its because the dress might be seen as offensive to some and thats why it was deemed inapprorpriate.

Quoting kailu1835:

 I wouldn't wear it, because it's not very flattering, but she should not have gotten in trouble for it.  It's not even remotely inapprorpriate, and it sounds like the principle is the only one with the issue.  It sounds like he was being very subjective.

 


MommaGreenhalge
by Bronze Member on Apr. 26, 2012 at 2:41 PM
Silly rednecks.
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Citygirlk
by Gold Member on Apr. 26, 2012 at 2:42 PM
You cant wear mini skirts in school along with other things. there are many people who are sencitive to the confederate flag and what it stands for so I think the school is right for what they did.

Quoting kailu1835:

 You can't ban every offensive thing.  People will be offended by short skirts (above the knee), shorts, a combination of colors, etc etc etc.  And it sounds like the principal was the only one with the problem.


Quoting Citygirlk:

I think its because the dress might be seen as offensive to some and thats why it was deemed inapprorpriate.


Quoting kailu1835:


 I wouldn't wear it, because it's not very flattering, but she should not have gotten in trouble for it.  It's not even remotely inapprorpriate, and it sounds like the principle is the only one with the issue.  It sounds like he was being very subjective.


 

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Rae-Rae_Kitty
by on Apr. 26, 2012 at 2:42 PM
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I would not wear the confederate flag because IMO it stands for hatred, war, and bigotry.

It even states in the article that she was told not to wear it and decided to anyways. That's very disrespectful. I'm glad she was barred from the prom.

Tanya93
by on Apr. 26, 2012 at 2:42 PM
Quoting Jessica7409:

im sorry, but that girl had it coming..its not like the dress "kinda" looked like a confederate flag. its nearly a spitting image. and everyone knows that it is supposed to be banned in schools now. while i dont agree with it being banned..she knew it was, and when she picked that dress i have no doubt in my mind that she knew exactly what she was doing and what the consequences may be.





What law has this flag banned in schools?
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