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New Jersey parents angry after school bans strapless dresses for girls

By Mason White 3:38 AM April 24, 2013
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By: Moses Gold
(Scroll down for video) Parents are angry, as they claim a school has violated their girls’ constitutional right of wearing strapless dresses, according to press reports in New Jersey.

A New Jersey school principal has banned strapless gowns in dance school because it would be a distraction for boys. The decision has enraged parents, who called on Tuesday for the ban to be revoked on the grounds that it violates the constitutional rights of their daughters.

The dress code ban violates the 14th Amendment right to equal protection under the law, according to the parents, and girls during the past six years have been using sleeveless dresses during dance at Readington Middle School in Readington Township, New Jersey.
The parents asked the school board on Tuesday to overturn the policy before next month’s dance.

The principal, Sharon Moffat, said in a letter last month that a “dress with straps” was the only style that would be allowed.

“The policy for itself may be fine, but the reason given here is questionable. Why would boys at a dance school be distracted by dancing girls? Also, if these boys are distracted by dancing girls, I don’t think it will make much of a difference what type of dresses the girls are wearing. So all said, this rule seems to be a silly one,” Shirley Hass, 28 of Atlantic City, New Jersey told after learning about the strapless dress ban.

At least one student, Claudine Nijenhuis, 14, said she planned to defy the ban and press her right to “bare arms.”Mobile video not loading? Click here to view