Catholic School Uses "Modesty Poncho" To Enforce Prom Dress Code

 

A Catholic High School in Michigan is facing some backlash from students and parents as they put their "modesty ponchos" on display to remind female students of their strict dress code.  The ponchos were accompanied by a note "If your dress does not meet our formal dance dress requirements - no problem, we've got you covered - literally. This is our modesty poncho which you will be given at the door. :)"

Theology teacher, Mary Pat O'Malley says that is was intended as a lighthearted deterrent 

"We are trying to focus on the inner beauty and not draw attention to something that doesn't need attention drawn to it," O'Malley told WJBK. "It was really intended as a deterrent and a lighthearted one at that."

While some students didn't see it as lighthearted nor as a joke and claim that the ponchos are a form of body shaming.  One student told Fox2 News in Detroit that the "school has gone too far with this."

"I do believe the school has gone too far with this," she said. "As we walk into prom, we are to shake hands with all the teachers and if you walk through and a teacher deems your dress is inappropriate you will be given a poncho at the door."

An anonymous parent echoed the student's concerns.

"It's a method of shaming, a method of building and degrading to females."

Officials for the school have been forced to clarify that they would not hand out these ponchos and that the ponchos were only on display to remind the students of their dress code policy and eliminate any confusion.  

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