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Teens Angry After Being Banned From Dance

Several Mesquite teenagers have some new dresses that didn’t get much use over the weekend because they were told to leave their home-coming dance before they even got in the door. The girls say they were shocked to be told their dress was too skimpy. CBS-11 reports that as many as 50 girls were sent home from the Mesquite High School homecoming dance on Saturday night. Chaperones said the girls wore dresses that showed too much leg and too much cleavage. Apparently, fliers went out ahead of time advising the girls they must wear modest attire to the dance. But some said they were not aware of the dress code because their dates bought the tickets.

dresses Teens Angry After Being Banned From Dance

  • mark patterson

    Not too short or anything. This is what all the teenage girls wear and God bless them for having the bodies to wear these dresses. There must be a bunch of fat, homely looking women on that panel who made the decisions. They are jealous and nothing else. Mesquite always was behind the times. Too close to Balch Springs and Peasants Grove.
    MP Oak Cliff, Dallas, Tx

    • David


  • h. heck

    the length of the dresses that are about 2 to 3 inches above the knee are appropriate but any thing above the knee more than 3 inches and mid leg are too short.
    As for the cleavage problem it is hard to tell by this picture but I think that if you can see the cleavage it is too much

    • j bright

      That is funny. That means the cheerleader uniform is out of compliance


    By this pic, I see nothing to get so bent out of shape over. I do agree that any cleavage is probably inappropriate. If the parents don’t find any thing wrong, then why should the teachers, etc. have a problem. I do feel sorry for the students, but as young adults they do need to use sound judgment. Isn’t that what schools and our parents teach?



    • j bright

      Yes they were abused, not physically. What type of example will this have with double standards?? The photos of the dresses that did make it into the homecoming were sluttier than the dresses that got turned away.

  • Serp

    Gimme a break… reminds me of my old high school–dumb dress code and guys can’t have their hair below their collars… same old fashioned thinking. Let those girls dance! There is nothing wrong with their attire!

  • Debra R

    Common sense would tell you that if you are going to a school function not anything goes. I still believe in modesty, unfortunately a lot of parents don’t teach their children what that is. As I would tell my kids when they used “everyone is doing it”, doesn’t make it right.Good for the chaperones at the dance for standing up to “peer pressure”.

    • Maria

      But why wasn’t it across the board. There were many photos of girls at the dance with similar attire including another girl wearing THE SAME DRESS as a girl turned away. Hypocritical officials didn’t use the same rules for everyone. I definitely don’t agree with you.

  • R

    I keep a very close eye on my 14 yr old daugher and I would let her wear any of those dresses.

    • Maria

      totallly agree with you, R.

  • Debbie Bryan

    I went to Mesquite High in the 70s when it was really conservative in their dress code.But these dresses are about the length of our mini skirts that we got by with at school and a couple are even longer.These dresses, from what you can see in this picture, are NOT out of line for a prom. They are actually very subdued. I do hope that KRLD is not blowing it with their evidence. If these ARE some of the girls that were sent home, Mesquite High blew it.

  • Jack

    Wow people, RULES are RULES and they are meant to be followed! If I were one of the chaperone’s I would have sent them home too and would NOT care how much the dresses cost. This is a HIGH SCHOOL dance meant to have fun for he kids and not some college party with skimpy revealing dresses! Hello PARENTS, this is YOUR responsibility along with your children, it is NOT the responsibility of the school to teach your kids RIGHT from WRONG. I am so sick of parents thinking the school is responsible for raising kids.. are you kidding me!

    • althea

      yeah JACK!!!!! exactly!!

    • KAB

      Totally correct. See whats wrong today is parents are letting their kids do what they could not do when they were younger. So know wonder why the kids today are that way. No parenting their kids about structure in life or any moral values are taught. it’s a shame because most these parents were brought up the right way. it’s called rebells. And the more parents that keep doing this (to their kids) the more kids will keep doing that. Plain and simple. Wake up People or don’t have kids…

      • Maria

        And who says that being fashionable means having loose morals???? I have a daughter would wear any of the dresses shown in that photo, and she is a full time student, part time employee, hardworking and dedicated. She never swears back at me and is not out partying. Why don’t YOU wake up and see that you may be making generalizations regarding clothing. Also the officials were HYPOCRITICAL since there are photos of girls at the dance with dresses just as short and even one girl that was wearing the SAME dress as a girl that was refused entrance. What kind of “morality is that showing to our kids. That you can make up the rules but enforce them differently depending on who you are? You don’t have any right to judge.

      • p

        omg kab go to sleep and shut up

    • j bright

      Problem is the rules were left up to interpretation. “dress must be modest, not too short or too much cleavage.” The problem is what is TOO SHORT FOR YOU is TOO LONG FOR ME. Unfortunately they need to put measurements on the dress code. Looking at the photos of the dresses that made it into the dance I see a BIG problem for the school. Why is the dance dress code NOT posted in the dress code policies of the school?

      • tdjazz


    • p

      i think these girls are beautiful. the school board should throw these girls a dance of there own and no one ask them to raise these girls. i think jack should chaperone the dance i live in fl and thank god these girls have good standards and awsome parents. girls wear your dresses to school and protest!!!!

  • Felicity

    The school is doing a good job helping to instill respect for self by enforcing the dress code. I think, though, that the code should have been more widely publicized ahead of time. Maybe the girls will get it right the next time.

  • David Yocum

    Sounds like “Foot Loose” all over again! I can understand and appreciate the dress code rules during school hours. But this is a SOCIAL DANCE and if their parents thought it was appropriate what gives the school the right? From what I see, this is VERY MILD compared to some stuff these kids wear on an everyday occasion!

  • C

    My daughter went to the dance and my wife walked her in. What these kids failed to mention is that some of the girls were appropriate but they had terribe attitudes. The mothers of the girls and some of the girls pictured here were cursing at the Police Officers b/c their friends who were inappropriate were not let in. The police had to ask mothers and daughters to leave b/c they made such a scene. Innapropriate dresswear and/or cursing at teachers and police will get you kicked out of a SCHOOL FUNCTION.

    • Ann

      Thanks C- there is ALWAYS more to the story than we get. The kids were warned up front. Blatent disregard for the rules to attend plus disrespect for teachers and police SHOULD get them kicked out of the dance. Girls- Get some self esteem and take some pride in yourself and you won’t have to dress like a hoochy to get attention. Be interesting. Interesting people go much farther in the world than trashy people.

    • j bright

      If the dance code was enforced CORRECTLY and FAIRLY tempers would not have flared. I Blame the POOR policing of the dress code. Looking at some of the dresses that made it into the dance NONE of them SHOULD have passed inspection

  • SF

    The fashion police just need to get a life! There is nothing wrong with those dresses and the charming ladies who are wearing them.

  • E

    When I was in High School I was like wow look at all the fine looking girls, I wanted them to show their stuff. But as a parent I have grown up to be a real adult. I rather not want to expose my kids to this behavior. There are to many predators that are in school and on the streets looking for a way in. So for the safety of the school it was justifiable.

  • Duckman

    I’ve never seen a subject where this many posts came out! The short of it (pardon the punn) is that you can tell whether it is prudeness or concern of inviting sexual advances that sets these conservative dress standards. My kids went to Mesquite schools and it wasn’t until this decade that dress codes were being enforced. But blasting them with pamplets and round-the-clock messages on cable about the dress code said nothing about functions off-campus. If they are to impose these, then from the moment the semester begins ALL dress code restrictions should be spelled out clearly. Then it is the fault of the student if anyone they bring to a function is out of code.

  • Felicity

    Kudos to Mesquite HS for bringing back old school modesty. Our society could use more morality and maybe the teen pregnancy rate would go down. And how about more respect for authority. (What a novel concept!)

  • marianne d

    Mesquite needs to spend more time worrying about CRIME and DRUGS and GANGS and crappy motels and let parents, parent. I see nothing wrong with these dresses.

  • Glenn

    A school has several responsibilities. One is to help train students to become responsible adults. If they can’t trust their dates to share dress codes with them then that is a problem with the date.
    It is impossible to tell from that small photo if I would have agreed with the school- but that really is not important.

  • j

    I was one of the girls in the photo who was asked to leave because of dress. The problem was not that there were rules it was the fact that they were very inconsistant. While they allowed some girls to go home and change, they did not allow others. They had an administrator handing girls some material to cover cleavage, but she did not offer others. They told some of us fingertip length, (which my dress was) but then told other girls to their knees. They did not send a dress code flyer home with each individual student, just to some of the people who purchased the tickets. When the tickets were purchased, they did not point out dress code they pointed out the directions. I never received a flyer because my date purchased my ticket. Other announcements that were made said “sunday wear to semiformal attire, no denim. ladies keep it modest”. Nothing in that is specific, and everybody has a different view of modesty. I have attended every homecoming and prom since I was a freshman, and some of my dresses have been a little shorterm and may have even showed more cleavage.

    • tdjazz

      Dress code was posted all over the school!!!! Should have read it!!!

  • KAB

    Jack you are totally correct. See whats wrong today is parents are letting their kids do what they could not do when they were younger. So know wonder why the kids today are that way. No parenting their kids about structure in life or any moral values are taught. it’s a shame because most these parents were brought up the right way. it’s called rebells. And the more parents that keep doing this (to their kids) the more kids will keep doing that. Plain and simple. Wake up People or don’t have kids…

  • j

    Since a specific dress code was not given to me, I went by the dresses from the past and those dresses were never a problem. When I asked what was wrong with my dress, I did not receive a straight answer until my mom repeatedly asked. As the administrator walked away from my mother and I, he turned around and said “her top”. When I fixed my top just as the administrator had helped other girls, I went back in. Then they changed it to my dress was too short. After I said you told me fingertip a minute ago, they said now it’s to the knee. There was no consistancy and the administrators did not make the best comments to us girls, or our parents either. My friends father did not enjoy having one of his daughters principals put their finger up to him like he was a child. One of the girls who were not allowed in the dance had the exact same dress as agirl who did walk in. Because of us not being able to come in, our dates couldnt either because they were doing the gentleman thing and waiting for us to get approved. Parents called the school to get a dress code, and phone calls were not returned.

  • j

    It is my senior year and I worked hard for the money that I put into making my senior homecoming special and I did not even make it to the ticket booth. And just one more point to “C”, a police officer was not yelled at by any of the girls. All of us girls have the upmost respect for our SROs.

  • j

    Ann- Excuse me, but I do not see myself as a “trashy” person in anyway. I have top most respect for myself, and I take pride in everything I do which is why I am standing up for what I believe in. Like I said, no SPECIFIC rules were given, they left it to our discretion. And if your a person with self esteem, then you wouldnt be referring to young teenage girls as “trashy hoochies”.

  • Sgt.Dread

    Much ado about nothing !!!Those girls are perfectly dressed for any dance in DFW.

  • kd hang

    Well if street walker was the theme id say go for it,Its a homecoming not a rap concert.Girls youll have plenty of time to be sluts when your adults.

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