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MONROE, La. (KTVE) – Claudetteia Love is an honor student at Monroe, Louisiana’s Carroll High School. She is also gay.
The school prom is coming up on April 24th. Love says she was originally excited to attend, but a look at the dress code left her upset.
Love says her school is using the dress code for prom to bully her into being someone she isn’t. The rules say girls must wear prom dresses to the dance.
“I was upset about it. I came home and told my mom I wasn’t going to go because they wouldn’t let me wear a tux,” says Love.
Love says students were asked to sign a contract with the written rules before they could go to prom.
“I was disappointed because I don’t wear dresses at all,” says Love.
Love’s mother, Geraldine Jackson, says she was told by Carroll High School Principal Patrick Taylor that many teachers did not want to supervise prom if her daughter came in a tuxedo.
“He said girls wear dresses and boys wear tuxedos. That’s the way it is and that is the way it is going to be,” says Jackson.
Love told KTVE that there are other students like her, who want to attend prom without discrimination.
“There is going to be others that don’t want to wear it. You don’t have to be gay to want to wear a tux. It is just what you are comfortable in. I don’t want someone to be discriminated against for what they are comfortable in or what they are used to,” says Love.
Monroe City School Board President Rodney McFarland says he supports Love.
He thinks the school should be more concerned with academics rather than a prom dress code.
“They shouldn’t be so focused on what a young lady is wearing to prom. They need to be focused on getting their test scores up,” McFarland told KTVE.
After Love’s story made national headlines, McFarland, Principal Taylor and the superintendent had a meeting to discuss the prom dress code.
They decided to change the rules and allow students to wear the formal attire of their choice.