A local homeschool prom recently kicked out a Virginia homeschooled girl, and she is speaking out. She was apparently asked to leave because ‘a group of dads were allegedly lusting after her.’
Hannah Ettinger brought the story to light on her Wine and Marble blog. Hannah’s sister Clare, a 17-year-old homeschooled senior, wrote about her recent prom experience on the blog.
Clare and her boyfriend purchased their tickets in advance, and she was really excited about the dress she picked out for the evening. The homeschool association’s dress code, stated that a girl’s dress must be “finger length.” As soon as she arrived at the prom, one of the organizers stopped her to tell her that her dress was too short. After Clare showed her the dress was in fact, finger length, the woman allowed her to enter.
“When I got into the ballroom I laughed, because I was surrounded by girls in much shorter dresses than me, albeit they were shorter, and therefore stood out less in the crowd, but it was still frustrating” recalled Claire. “I joined my group of friends, (there were six of us), and told them what happened, they were all appalled, especially considering we’ve been attending this prom all four years of high school and usually wore much shorter dresses then we chose this year. We were also a little grossed out by all the dads on the balcony above the dance floor, ogling and talking amongst themselves.”
Shortly after, Clare was approached by the same woman and asked to step outside. Once outside the woman told her that some of the dads had complained that she was dancing inappropriately and that her dress was too short. Clare made it clear to her that she was not even dancing, and again showed the woman that her dress was the appropriate length. The advisor would not listen and Clare and her group of friends were kicked out of the prom. They were all told that they would get refunds for the tickets, Clare was the only one who got her money back.
“I was told that the way I dressed and moved my body was causing men to think inappropriately about me, implying that it is my responsibility to control other people’s thoughts and drives,” said Claire.
Angry people from all over took to the Facebook page of the Richmond Homeschool Prom to express their disgust at the situation. The administrators deleted all the comments and then deleted their page altogether.
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