Cleavage, tribal feathers, hipster glasses — oh my! All of those things have gotten students in trouble at schools around the nation. Schools sure have gotten strict, some might say silly, with their rules about what students can and can’t do. Showing cleavage at prom? You know, prom, where everyone wears dresses? NOT OKAY. Wearing a Native American feather to honor your heritage during graduation? VERBOTEN! Glad to hear our nation’s educators are keeping the kiddies safe from boobies and diversity.
Here’s just a few examples of ridiculous bans on high school kids — most of them young women — around the country. After the jump, find out the stories behind these sordid tales.
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Time magazine released never-before-seen photos of President Obama attending his 1979 senior prom at the Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii. The photos were released by Kelli Allman (the one in the peach-colored dress), who attended the prom with her boyfriend Greg, Obama and his date Megan Hughes. Despite the fact that polyester was the fabric of choice in the ’70s, the group looks pretty great.
Allman also shared the sweet message that Obama left in her senior yearbook:
Kelli, It has been so nice getting to know you this year. You are extremely sweet and foxy, I don’t know why Greg would want to spend any time with me at all! You really deserve better than clowns like us; you even laugh at my jokes! I hope we can keep in touch this summer, even though Greg wil, be gone. Call me up and I’ll buy you lunch soemtimes. Anyway, good luck in everything you do, and stay happy. Your friend, Barry Obama.
And he sealed it with a heart! [Time]
The New York Post, which, granted, pulls complete bullshit out of their ass, reports on the apparent trend of ever-more-elaborate “prom proposals.” One kid asked his date over the school PA system, another brought a message of cupcakes to the classroom spelling out “P R O M ?”, and yet another guy asked his girlfriend to prom on top of a gorgeous bridge in Florence, Italy. Let me repeat: his girlfriend. Like, the person who already had good reason to assume she would be his date to prom. Yankee Stadium also said seven kids so far this year have rented out the centerfield videoboard for $100 each to ask someone to prom; other (insane) kids are renting plane banners. Keep reading »
This is a photo of RuPaul and his date at a high school prom in 1983. We’re gonna guess that it was his date’s prom, not his, as he was born in 1960 (which would make him, you know, 23 here). Even back then, Ru had impeccable taste — we’re loving the boots. And his date’s crocheted frock is really cute, too. Do you think they’re still friends? I hope so! [Flavorwire]
According to Tumblrer I Ship It Like UPS, as documented by a suite of photos, nobody asked her to prom, so she decided to take somebody who’d had a real and lasting effect on her academic progress: her TI-84. I have to admit: it’s a pretty snazzy dresser. See more pics on The Mary Sue…
Katelyn Norman, a 14-year-old from Tennessee, suffers from an aggressive form of bone cancer called osteosarcoma. Last weekend, her doctors told her ”it has spread a lot, my cancer, and that it’s the beginning of the end of my days.” Katelyn wrote up a bucket list, which included attending her high school prom, and her school obliged, planning a prom especially for her that was set to take place on Tuesday evening.
Unfortunately, on the way to the dance, Katelyn experienced difficulty breathing and and had to be airlifted back to her room at Tennessee Children’s Hospital. Undeterred by the setback, Katelyn’s school brought prom to her: in a hospital room decorated with streamers, Katelyn’s date gave her a corsage, and she was presented with a “Prom Queen” sash. When Katelyn looked out the window, she saw hundreds of people from her community gathered in a vigil for her. “We just want to give her what she ain’t going to see,” says Katelyn’s mother. “Just try to fulfill what she wants to do, which isn’t much, but it’s something to her.” See a couple more pictures of Katelyn’s special night after the jump… Keep reading »
Thank goodness for people with quick editing skills and hilarious minds. This mashup pits Sullivan, Indiana, teacher Diana Medley against the Adam Sandler movie “Billy Madison,” and expresses our feelings on Medley rather succinctly.
Meet Diana Medley (pictured), a special needs teacher in Sullivan, Indiana, who doesn’t like gay people. She’s one of a vocal minority of community members and students in Sullivan who are advocating for a gay-free prom. The small group congregated in a local church to hash out how to plan a “traditional plan” free of gay kids, and Medley led the charge.
“I believe that it was life circumstances and they chose to be that way; God created everyone equal,” said Medley, who clearly has a background in biology and genetics. She went on to stress that “homosexual students come to me with their problems, and I don’t agree with them, but I care about them.” Who wants to bet that she won’t ever find a gay kid on her doorstep again. She then went on to equate gay people with special needs people, because of course.
Not deep enough in the hole yet, Medley went on to say that gay people have “no purpose” in life. “I don’t think so, I’m sorry, I don’t. I don’t understand it,” she said. Keep reading »
God bless you, Lifetime. You’re all up there in the baser instincts of my lady lizard brain while simultaneously tugging at my ovaries. Where do you come up with these ideas? Granted, “Prom Queens,” your new reality show debuting August 14, sounds like Bravo’s “Real Housewives” franchise repackaged with higher metabolisms and less expensive lip gloss. But I’m sure you’ll put your special Lifetime spin on it. Keep reading »