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Students turned away from homecoming dance for dress code violations

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SOUTH JORDAN, Utah (KSTU) – Students at a Utah high school are furious after several girls were turned away from their homecoming dance for dress code violations.

School administrators say they were simply enforcing the dress code on Saturday night.

However, many students say the situation wasn’t handled properly.

Administrators say the girls knew about the dress code because it was even printed on the back of each dance ticket.

The ticket says, “Dresses should cover the chest and back at the top of the armpit. Hemlines should go no higher than mid-thigh when seated.”

The principal told KSTU that a couple dozen students were discreetly told to cover up or change and come back later.

However, she says there were three or four who chose to leave the dance entirely.

Some parents say they felt like their daughters were treated unfairly and embarrassed in front of their peers.

“I want the administration to see that we are serious about this, that we haven’t been heard in the past about it. We don’t think it’s fair what they’re doing about it,” said Cierra Gregersen. “They are telling us that we don’t get a say because we’re students and we’re not adults yet.”

“I feel like there were several girls at the dance who were discriminated against,” said Kristi Frost, a parent of a Bingham High student.

Some students who chose not to cover up attended class on Monday in their homecoming dresses.

KSTU says about 100 students walked out of class on Monday, in protest of the way some girls say they were treated at the dance.