Confederate Dress Gets Teen Bounced From Prom

Design 'inappropriate,' Tennessee girl told
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 26, 2012 1:12 AM CDT
Updated Apr 26, 2012 1:29 AM CDT
"I asked a bunch of people before I had the dress made and they all loved the idea," Edwards says.   (TheYoungTurks)

(Newser) – A Tennessee teenager found herself barred from her high school prom after she turned up sporting the stars and bars. School officials told 18-year-old Texanna Edwards that her Confederate flag battle dress was "inappropriate and offensive," she tells the Jackson Sun. "We kept asking people walking inside—black and white—and everyone said they loved it," Edwards says. "Two black women even went off on the principal. They were upset with the principal. No one was upset with me."

A teacher warned Edwards months ago that the dress might not be acceptable, and she was told to clear it with the principal, but failed to do so, according to officials at Gibson County High School. "I didn’t talk with administration because we wore rebel flags all through my four years at Gibson County,” Edwards says. “I didn’t ask for approval because I didn’t think I needed to. I had one teacher tell me it was a bad idea. But I thought she only said that because it would offend people."

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