School dance flyer raises eyebrows with controversial quote about tight dresses

Published: Oct. 5, 2015 at 4:14 PM EDT|Updated: Jan. 18, 2017 at 5:22 PM EST
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FORT MILL, SC (WBTV) - An advertisement for a high school dance is facing parental backlash after parents say the flyer took aim at the dress code, but only for young women.

The flyer says the dance at Nation Ford High School, in Fort Mill, is a semi-formal and that students should "leave something to the imagination."

It then quotes Edith Head, a popular designer in the 1920s and 30s.

"Your dresses should be tight enough to show you're a woman and loose enough to show you're a lady."

School principal Jason Johns said the flyer was created by students and volunteers.

He said he has received some calls from parents who were upset.

"There was some perception that it was targeted specifically towards our females and maybe it was seen to hurt folks' feelings, but that was not the intent at all," Johns said.

Parents in Fort Mill told me they began seeing the flyer on social media this weekend.

"It came up several times on my news feed and I actually stopped to read it," said Tara Frazier.

Some took issue with a quote only pertaining to the girls' dress code.

Johns said a decision was made to change the flyer to avoid hurting anyone's feelings. He added that school has not had a homecoming dance in several years and said students formed a committee to oversee the planning.

"Having them involved in the dance was just a natural fit for us," Johns said.

While some may have been offended by the quote, Johns said that was never any of the students' intentions.

Johns said students chose the quote because they felt it was an appropriate way to address the dress code issue.

Some thought parents were being too sensitive but others were happy to see the school make a change after the feedback.

"I feel like women should dress like ladies, I think that's kind of something that's been lost along the way, but then again, I think men should dress appropriately too," said Melissa Webb.

The quote had already been covered up on fliers at the school Monday afternoon.

"You don't want to offend somebody, if you can avoid it," Johns said.

The dance will still go on October 31.

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