UPDATE: Prom Dress Policy at Southwood HS Changed
UPDATE: The proposal to get prom dresses pre-approved before the school prom this spring has been changed. The principal of Southwood High School in Shreveport sent a text earlier this year requiring students to send in a photo of prom dresses to be approved ahead of time.
But after an outcry, this pre-approval will no longer be needed.
KEEL listeners responded Wednesday to the story about Dr. Kim Pendleton, Principal at Shreveport's Southwood High. Pendleton texted students at the Shreveport school informing them that photos of prom dresses would need to be submitted to school officials for approval.
A copy of principal's email was obtained from arklatexhomepage.com:
"This message is for any female attending Southwood’s prom. Boys, this also applies to your off-campus dates. As you begin shopping for your attire, please make sure you do not purchase any clothes that are sheer or revealing in any manner. Also, make sure we not see excess cleavage or skin. Prior to purchasing an outfit, I will need you to send me a picture of you in the outfit with your name and grade. Once I approve the outfit, you may purchase it. The approved outfit is the only one you will be allowed to wear to prom."
And listeners to KEEL's Robert J Wright and Erin McCarty were none too shy in their responses:
"So you are concerned about sending a “picture “ of your daughter in a “revealing” prom dress to an adult school official, but there is not one bit of concern about sending your daughter out in public with a bunch of horn dog teenage boys??? What the hell?? Oh and there will be adults there as well." - TommyJ
"Why are we only checking the girls?" - bird
"I used to teach in Caddo Parish at the high school level. Your retinas would be burned out by some of the dresses the young ladies would wear to homecoming and prom. Let’s just say they left NOTHING to your imagination. I always wondered just where their mothers were when they selected the dresses they wore. If there is a dress code at the school, then this is indeed appropriate. I’m doubt that Caddo will back up this principal on this matter. They never stand for anything “right” anymore." - Cat
However, the Caddo parish School Board also released a statement standing with the Dr. Pendleton. Also from arklatexhomepage.com:
"In April, Southwood will host their annual prom and school administration has taken a proactive approach of asking parents for photos ahead of their upcoming event. It is a school-level decision for all formal dress to be approved prior to the event. Southwood will host an assembly for students only to address dress code guidelines and give an opportunity to raise questions and concerns."
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