A Catholic high school in Dearborn, Michigan will be handing out "modesty ponchos" to girls who do not follow the dress code set for prom. If they refuse to wear the poncho, they will be sent home.
“If your dress does not meet our formal dance dress requirements — no problem! We’ve got you covered — literally,” a note attached to one of the ponchos reads. “This is our Modesty Poncho, which you’ll be given at the door.”
The parents and students of Divine Child High School are required to sign an agreement ahead of the event that bans plunging necklines, exposed cleavage, visible tattoos and piercings and two piece dresses.
The school’s theology teacher, Mary Pat O’Malley, is responsible for the new policy and said students have been made aware of the regulations well in advance.
“We are trying to focus on the inner beauty and not draw attention to something that doesn’t need attention drawn to it. It was really intended as a deterrent and light-hearted at that.”
Although no parents have complained, one parent did state that she felt that this was a sort of shaming against the girls.
The guidelines have already led to disciplinary actions against one student for speaking out against the school on social media according to a fellow student. The staff neither confirm nor deny that is true.