NJ School Board Upholds Strapless Dress Ban, Cites "Wardrobe Malfunction" Concerns

Thursday, May 2, 2013  |  Updated 7:59 AM EDT
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Parents Protest Strapless Dress Ban at 8th Grade Dance

Parents took to a school board meeting in New Jersey to protest a school principal's ban on strapless dresses at an 8th grade dance. Ida Siegal reports.
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A school board in New Jersey has decided to ban girls from wearing strapless dresses to an eighth-grade dance off school grounds to spare them from wardrobe malfunctions.

The board, in a 6-2 vote Wednesday night, agreed to allow single-strap and clear spaghetti strap dresses instead.

The Courier News of Bridgewater reports board members were concerned a strapless gown mishap could get posted online and embarrass a student.

Some parents last month criticized Readington Middle School Principal Sharon Moffat for prohibiting the dresses at a June dance because she said they would distract boys. Some parents said such a statement was sexist while others said they had already purchased their daughters' dresses.

A committee will review the dress code and make recommendations in September.

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