Teen kicked out of homeschool prom over dress

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CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA -  A Virginia teen says she was kicked out of a prom event for home-schoolers over claims her dress was too short. According to the teen she didn't break any rules, and she has the pictures to prove it.

When 17-year old Clare posted an article on her sister's blog the outcome wasn't what her or her boyfriend would have expected. "It blew up a lot faster than we thought."

The post expresses frustration over being kicked out of an area homeschool prom in hanover county over the weekend. clare couldn't go on camera, but her boyfriend, James Thompson who was there - says it all started when someone made a comment that his girlfriend's dress was too short.

clare, and her boyfriend say the rule was that it had to be as long as her fingertips, which they say was the case. Not too long after that James says Clare was pulled to the side and told she was dancing too provocatively

On Clare's blog she wrote quote "I hadn't been dancing at all! Much less seductively."

The followers believed that she would provoke impure thoughts in the boys. James says Clare was eventually kicked out of the prom and he along with the others in his group had to leave.

"They said the main reason for her getting kicked out started with dancing too provocatively and then it changed they went back to it being about the dress and we said we established that then they said we were just causing too much of a problem and we needed to leave." said James Thompson.

A decision both Clare and James say was not fair.

"It's sexism.They're saying you're making us feel a certain things so you have to do what we tell you to do and that's not right. "

Calls made to organizers for the homeschool prom were not returned.

By: Chelsea Rarrick


  • Tracy Ramirez

    I helped plan the decorations for the prom, and therefore, became quite close with the two women director’s during the process. I also was blessed to get to know their families.

    I found out right after Clare left the prom that there had been a problem. The director said that a woman, not man, had seen Clare behaving inappropriately during a dance. Security from the balcony (a man) was contacted to come and ask her to step outside.

    From what I gathered that night, Clare would not allow anyone else to speak. She became extremely argumentative and belligerent. Although they had ongoing concerns about Clare’s dress, her behavior in the hall became the reason she was finally asked to leave.

    Once Clare’s statements were posted in a blog, unknown people began writing on the Richmond Prom Homeschool Facebook page calling the fathers helping in security, perverts, pedophiles, etc. Ultimately, the directors had to close down the Facebook page.

    I remember the director being genuinely disappointed that even one student had to be confronted. There were over 500 students there who didn’t have any problems. Both local and national media have now contacted the head director repeatedly. Her husband was part of security and has now been labeled as a pedophile.

    I am deeply saddened for the wonderful husbands who were called perverts, pedophiles, fundamentalists, and other terms.

    But most of all, I am sad for the two women in charge–caring football moms–who took over the prom this year to help raise money for the Disciple’s Football team.

  • Pastor Butch

    Maybe if they played clean music it would not suggest immoral dance? The length of the dress is the least of the worries when it is skin tight and low cut too. Ladies have some respect for yourself. Modest is hottest!

  • Jeremy

    Hey, if someone came to me and told me to leave because of how I choose to dress up I would out out as well. Don’t act on anything unless your ready for any reaction. No one should be surprised on her reaction for being asked to leave, on what is suppose to be the best day of her young life. So everyone a round of applause for the Chesterfield County school system.

  • Sean

    How was this published on a mainstream news site without being edited? That’s pretty pathetic, and why on earth does KPLR St. Louis think this is news here in Missouri? Awful.

  • Mom

    I really don’t care about another one sided story. However, whatever happened to proofing a story for capitalization and other errors. This might be on-line but it should still be journalism.

  • r

    Does every little thing end up as an Internet article now? . . . and the lack of editing and bad grammar was terrible.

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