No strapless dresses at school dance, principal says

New Jersey principal bans strapless dresses

Author: Tara Evans, Producer, tevans@wkmg.com
Published On: Apr 23 2013 02:14:49 PM EDT   Updated On: Apr 23 2013 04:22:25 PM EDT
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READINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. -

Eighth graders at Readington Middle School look forward to their annual eighth grade dinner dance all year. But this year, the focus on the event is a little bit different.

That is because Principal Sharon Moffat sent a letter home saying: "Young gentlemen are encouraged to wear collared shirts and trousers; many boys wear ties or jackets. Young ladies should wear a skirt, dress with straps, or dressy pants outfit. Jeans or sneakers are not appropriate for this event."

The letter, in effect, bans all strapless dresses. According to USA Today, when asked by a parent who wants to petition the school board, Moffat said any girl that shows up to the June 12 event in a strapless dress will be sent away.

Moffat said the reason for the ban is because she feels that without straps, the dresses are too distracting to boys.

However, parents are upset, because not only were strapless dresses allowed in previous years, parents are footing the bill for the off-campus event, and many have already purchased dresses for their daughters.