‘Modesty ponchos’ rile up the senior prom

As sure as the sun will rise in the morning, there will be debates over appropriate prom attire in the spring in the nation’s high schools. Until this week, it’s been a pretty quiet prom season on the prom dress front.

In Dearborn, Mich., a school is under fire for having a supply of these handy: modesty ponchos.

If a girl is exposing too much — as school officials determine it — they’d be forced to wear one.

Not surprisingly the idea has been scrapped after a student went to the media.

“I do believe the school has gone too far with this,” she told a local TV station. “As we walk into prom, we are to shake hands with all the teachers and if you walk through and a teacher deems your dress is inappropriate you will be given a poncho at the door.”

Was it ever really a serious proposal? No, the school says.

The school put the ponchos on mannequins along with a note that said, “If your dress does not meet our formal dance dress requirements – no problem! We’ve got you covered – literally. This is our Modesty Poncho, which you’ll be given at the door. 🙂

“We are trying focus on the inner beauty and not draw attention to something that doesn’t need attention drawn to it,” said the teacher who came up with the idea said. “It was really intended as a deterrent and a light hearted one at that.”

On Monday, the school sent a letter home saying school authorities were never going to hand out the modesty ponchos and would still make shawls available as in previous years.

(h/t: Bob Hicks)

  • Jerry

    I hope they also gave them balloons to keep between them when they are slow dancing.

    • chlost

      Do kids still slow dance? Serious question. I don’t know.

      • Jerry

        Grind? Twerk? Stand awkwardly off to the side talking to friends of the same gender making snide comments about the couples out there dancing to hide your own insecurities? Or was that last one just me in high school?

        • chlost

          My son and d-I-l, who are first year teachers, are going to be chaperoning the prom this year. I’ll report back!

  • Mike Worcester

    Is it perhaps time that the whole prom deal — which really starts now with the “promposal” — just goes away?

  • BJ

    >would still make shawls available as in previous years.

    But are they modesty shawls

  • MrE85

    If I ever become King, I’ll declare all high school proms to be “clothing optional,” just to REALLY give the prudes something to worry about.

    • jon

      phase in approach… first announce that the wearing only a “modesty poncho” is acceptable (for both genders) and then the following year go full clothing optional.

      If the same sex marriage debate (and lack of follow through from the opposition the moment it was made the law) has shown us anything it’s that people worry about change, any change, so a regular update to the dress code is what will keep people outraged.

      • MrE85

        One mistake “the Left” always make is that once a law is changed, they have won that battle in the ongoing Culture War. I assure you, “the Right” NEVER stops trying. You may not hear the opposition, but that doesn’t mean it’s not out there.

  • Al

    Even as a joke, that’s kind of a bummer. Maybe students could jokingly hand out books to administrators on body acceptance. As a joke. Joking.

  • chlost

    I’ll admit that in high school I would not have worn the prom dresses which are popular now. But I am of the generation of mini skirts, micro minis, halter tops (the ones I wore were made from a single bandana) hot pants and go-go boots. I am still confused as to how my generation became such prudes.
    What I’d really like to see is the guys showing up in revealing formal wear-is there a speedo tux?-and see if the administration makes them wear some sort of cover up.

    • jon

      //I am still confused as to how my generation became such prudes.

      I presume millenials killed their rebellious spirits.