GIBSON COUNTY, TENN. - A Tennessee high school senior was denied entrance to her prom because of her dress, the JacksonSun.com reports.
Texanna Edwards, 18, was turned away at the door after school officials said her dress was “offensive and inappropriate.”
Edwards chose to wear a knee-length red dress that was decorated with white stars inside bright blue stripes, which school officials said resembled the controversial Confederate flag.
Gibson County School officials said a teacher, who was a prom sponsor, warned Edwards a couple months ago the dress might not be acceptable. She told Edwards to clear it with the principal first.
Eddie Pruett, who serves as director of schools for the county, said there have been recent race-related-issues and that school officials thought the dress would have caused more problems.
“She was told because of the dress and what it would look like, it would be considered inappropriate,” Pruett said
“We kept asking people walking inside -- black and white -- and everyone said they loved it," Edwards said. “Two black women even went off on the principal. They were upset with the principal. No one was upset with me.”
Kim Lee, Edwards’ mother, said that about $500 was spent on her hair, make-up, the custom-made dress and her date’s apparel.
Lee said school officials told her daughter she could go home and change and be readmitted, but she chose not to.
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