U.S. Schools Cracking Down on Prom Dress Codes

When students at a Connecticut high school arrive Saturday for their junior-senior prom, they will have to get past the watchful eyes of officials there to make sure girls’ dresses don’t show too much skin.

Shelton High School set up a prom dress review panel this week amidst outrage from parents.

The school, outside New Haven, announced Friday it has reviewed more than 150 dresses and informed six girls that their gowns won’t be allowed into the dance. Female school staff members will be at the dance to ensure that every girl attending has an “appropriate” dress, said Ann Baldwin, a spokeswoman for the school district.

The school’s policy is one of several across the nation that have sparked questions about the role of educators in policing the fashion of students, especially away from the classroom.

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