A Michigan Catholic school has made headlines after news of its “modesty poncho” for prom went viral. Officials from Divine Child High School in Dearborn put the “modesty poncho” on display in a hallway to remind students to dress appropriately to prom or they’ll be handed one of the pink oversized ponchos to cover up.
A note attached to the poncho read, “If your dress does not meet our formal dance dress requirements- no problem! We’ve got you covered - literally.” However, officials from the school are now speaking out saying its not to be taken seriously.
“Our intention with displaying the poncho was never to make students feel uncomfortable, but to remind all students and parents of our formal Prom dress policy, which has not changed for several years,” principal Eric Haley wrote in a statement. “To be clear: The poncho will not be passed out at Prom. It was on display to proactively remind students of our dress code policies and eliminate any confusion prior to this special event.”
- Haley goes on to say that he encourages students to tailor dresses that may be deemed too inappropriate and that, “If necessary, we may also provide wraps and shawls, as we have done at school functions for many years.”
- Some students now fear to speak out about the false alarm after one girl was reportedly disciplined for criticizing the policy. One female student notes that before the principal made the statement, she’d been forced to start looking for a new dress. So far no parents have complained.
Source: New York Post