Girls Spanked, Suspended for Skimpy Prom Dresses
Alabama High School boasts very strict dress code
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Apr 2, 2010 11:48 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Be very, very careful about what you wear to the prom in Alabama. Over a dozen students at Oxford High School were disciplined for dress code violations this weekend and offered a choice: corporal punishment or a 3-day suspension. The dress code prohibits, among other things, transparent materials and revealing necklines. “Our community has certain expectations of what is appropriate,” the principal says.

Reports differ on how many students were disciplined. The Anniston Star puts the number at 25, but CNN (see video) says 18—of whom all but one chose the paddling. “We’re too old to be paddled,” says the lone holdout. “This is not the 1940s.” Her mother is incensed: “They said her dress length was short,” she fumes. “But that’s the way they are making them now.”

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Nicole Cunanan
Apr 25, 2010 2:59 PM CDT
I don't care much about the dress (a dress code is a dress code), but CORPORAL PUNISHMENT??? If that's gonna happen, it should happen within someone's home, not at school. And even then, I don't agree with it, but parents have the right to raise their children however they want. However, these adults that are hitting these children ARE NOT their parents. They have no right. That's just disgusting.
Apr 24, 2010 8:30 PM CDT
This is ridiculous. There are girls at my school in Toronto, Canada, who wear shorter dresses to school on a regular basis. If i were forced to miss my prom because of some rule like this i would be outraged. And the fact that schools in Alabama are still using corporal punishment is ludicrous. I thought America was past the point that corporal punishment was used but i guess not. Corporal punishment is not legal even in the most high security prisons, because it is unethical, yet school children get threatened with corporal punishment by the school's authorities on a daily basis. Unreal, Ridiculous, I am outraged.
Apr 12, 2010 6:10 PM CDT
wooooow are you serious..she had to moss her prom for the stupidest thing..i dont agree with this at all..!!