by: Erica Bennett, Action News Jax Updated:
“Please do accept my apology for this poor delivery of information. Our intent is to make sure prom is enjoyable and memorable.”
That's a principal’s response to a situation many call out of control. Dress images were posted on Twitter on Monday, showing several examples of what allegedly won’t be allowed at Stanton College Prep prom – and one that is considered acceptable is captioned with the words “good girl.”
Have you seen these "good girl" prom pictures that were posted @ Stanton College Prep Monday? Students and parents are heated. Story @ 5:30. pic.twitter.com/pgDIPbhJIU— Erica Bennett (@EricaANjax) March 28, 2017
“People just seen them hanging up around school. They were in classrooms,” sophomore Jada St. Clair explained.
2) In essence, students feel like the posters have a misogynistic message and degrade the female student body.— Erica Bennett (@EricaANjax) March 28, 2017
According to Duval County Public Schools, they were put up by a teacher and do not represent their values. We were issued this statement:
6) To be clear: I'm told these prom posters DO NOT represent the school or district. Students are encouraged to continue their prom plans.— Erica Bennett (@EricaANjax) March 28, 2017
“The display of prom dress photos pertaining to recommended attire at Stanton College Preparatory School is not an approved policy by the school or Duval County Public Schools. The displayed images were immediately removed by school leadership on Monday. Both students and staff have been informed this was not acceptable or appropriate guidance for prom dress attire.”
4) DCPS issued this response tweet Tuesday morning, responding to the prom debacle: pic.twitter.com/d3zofd6MLe— Erica Bennett (@EricaANjax) March 28, 2017
A response tweet was also sent out by DCPS with the hashtag #SCPGoodGirl. Some students showed up in purple and white shirts Tuesday or wore the female sign on their face to show solidarity and support for women.
We asked the district who put up these dress examples, and were told it was a staff member.
3) I asked Duval County Public Schools who put the posters up. I'm told: a staff member. They've since been taken down.— Erica Bennett (@EricaANjax) March 28, 2017
“I would have been totally pissed off as a parent if you tell me what my child can’t wear. As a parent, I set the rules in my household. I set the tone,” mother Cameal Phillips St. Clair said.
Stanton’s prom is Saturday, April 1, so students tell us if the guidelines were real, many of them wouldn’t go or would take a big financial loss because they’ve already gotten their dresses.
5) Stanton's principal also took to the loudspeaker and said: "please do accept my apology for this poor delivery of information."— Erica Bennett (@EricaANjax) March 28, 2017
7) Some students showed up to school today wearing white and purple or a female sign to show their solidarity. 💜 PICTURE: pic.twitter.com/yptN7JdmgT— Erica Bennett (@EricaANjax) March 28, 2017
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