It’s one thing to implement a superstrict dress code for prom, but it’s another to slap the students in the face with it in the form of patronizing fliers. That’s exactly what a high school in Jacksonville, Fla., did — and the pupils are pretty upset.
Earlier this week, fliers went up in the hallways at Stanton College Preparatory School offering guidance to girls on dressing for the prom. Each had the label “Going to Stanton Prom?” above a different gown with differing levels of exposure. The more skin-baring dresses had the statement “NO YOU’RE NOT” written under it. Three dresses had that label, while one, which was deemed fit for prom, was accompanied by the statement “YES YOU ARE. GOOD GIRL.” Who are you calling a “good girl?” Because this girl isn’t feeling so good right about now. And neither are the girls from the school.
The dresses that were shut down did show some skin; one had a very low back, another had a high slit and cutout on the stomach, and the third had a plunging neckline. The fourth was only shown from the back, but apparently a skin-tone color and supertight fit are not issues, as long as the dress doesn’t show more skin than the arms.
So, not only was the school telling female students what to wear, it was also insinuating that the ones who wore the wrong type of dress were bad.
Needless to say, the students, both male and female, vehemently expressed their distaste for the school’s method of dress-code implementation.
One student pointed out that while Stanton Prep has earned many accolades, it is lacking in the respect department.
Stanton College Prep, Jax FL
#1 in the state
#3 in the region
#6 in the nation
last in respect #scpgoodgirl
— Cooper Connelly (@Coop_Connelly) March 28, 2017
Others accused the school of slut-shaming.
Good thing they told us a week before prom it's not like everyone has their dress already……. pic.twitter.com/3nOKhSTu4R
— Lily (@LILwillingham) March 27, 2017
— Sarah Lendvay (@sarah__i_think) March 28, 2017
Until Stanton Administration issues a formal apology, I will refuse to wear the Blue Devil mascot suit. #scpgoodgirl
— christian mortimer (@christianmorti1) March 27, 2017
— Milind Mishra (@meekmilind) March 27, 2017
"good girl" this is absolutely disgusting and insulting to all the intelligent young ladies who attend this school https://t.co/kgLBXI0MhI
— cam (@camrynDAMNico) March 27, 2017
Always been proud of my high school… until today. Stanton, who are you to define a good girl. THEY ARE ALL GREAT GIRLS #scpgoodgirl
— Andrew Boulos (@BoulosAndrew) March 28, 2017
— Stanton GSA (@gsa_stanton) March 29, 2017
The hashtag #SCPGoodGirl took off, and on Thursday students came to school with #SCPGoodGirl and the female gender symbol emblazoned on their shirts and signs in protest.
UPDATE for everyone I did not get called to admin and the principal apologized. Also our student body really showed unity today! pic.twitter.com/U7UZ3gR3pv
— Lily (@LILwillingham) March 28, 2017
— corey (@coreyatay) March 28, 2017
In response, the school district assured the students that this “is not an approved policy by the school or Duval County Public Schools” and said the images were “immediately removed” Monday by school leaders.
The display of prom dress photos at Stanton College Prep is not appropriate or an approved policy. Images were removed on Mon. #SCPgoodgirl
— DCPS (@DuvalSchools) March 28, 2017
“Please do accept my apology for this poor delivery of information. Our intent is to make sure prom is enjoyable and memorable,” the principal of the school said, according to Action News Jax. Yahoo Style reached out to the school for a comment but hadn’t received a response at the time of publication.
The students are celebrating their win in being heard.
— Brendan Murphy (@odd_brendan) March 28, 2017
I just wanted to say how amazed I am of all Stanton students hat demonstrated incredible teamwork during #scpgoodgirl ????????
— Lizzy Woodard (@chenles_pikachu) March 28, 2017
These aren’t the only students standing up against unfair dress codes. Last month, almost 800 students at Archbishop Ryan High School in Philadelphia, Pa., signed a petition protesting a rule that required male and female students to submit photos of their prom outfits for approval before buying tickets to the junior and senior proms in April and May, respectively. Another high school in Minnesota tried to implement a similar prom policy — but only for girls — and after claiming it was only a “suggestion,” it revoked the dress code.
Fashion-forward students: 3. Schools: 0.
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