No Straps, No Dance: School Board Upholds Ban

Thursday, May 2, 2013  |  Updated 6:59 AM EDT
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No Straps, No Dance: School Board Upholds Ban

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A New Jersey school board has decided to ban girls from wearing strapless dresses to an eighth-grade dance off school grounds to spare them from wardrobe malfunctions.

The board, in a 6-2 vote Wednesday night, agreed to allow single-strap and clear spaghetti strap dresses instead.

The Courier News of Bridgewater reports board members were concerned a strapless gown mishap could get posted online and embarrass a student.

“It is the board’s position that the risk of a wardrobe mishap either intentional or unintentional and the possibility of the dissemination of such an occurrence through social media should be mitigated,” school board member Laura Simon said in a prepared statement, according to the paper.

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Some parents last month criticized Readington Middle School Principal Sharon Moffat for prohibiting the dresses at a June dance because she said they would distract boys. Some parents said such a statement was sexist while others said they had already purchased their daughters' dresses.

A committee will review the dress code and make recommendations in September.
 

 


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