Students Say To Be Turned Away For Outfit At Homecoming

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email


Travis Shifflett and Blake Townsend just bought these clothes on Saturday.

They had homecoming at Turner Ashby High School that night but they said they were turned away.

"I was told that I should put on a tie, which I didn't feel comfortable doing because I had what I wanted to wear and my friend, he was laughed at and they told him he should go home and try again because they didn't like what he was wearing," Shifflett said.

Turner Ashby Principal Steve Walk said they ask girls to wear dresses and boys to wear shirts and ties at homecoming.

He said they told them when they bought their tickets and in the school's announcements.

"We offer guidance in what we thought what was appropriate versus not appropriate and we gave them the opportunity to go home and change and then come back to the dance that night," Walk said.

Shifflet said he felt singled out.

He said school staff told his date, she could go in but he couldn't.

"I kinda felt that they picked other people who were better and they were talking down on us because we couldn't afford the same clothes as them," he said.

Kayla Reese, Shifflett's date said the staff was unfair.

"This was my last dance, I was excited about it. But I still didn't want to go in because they were very rude and I didn't want to support that," she said.

Deanna Metz, Shifflett's mom, said she was upset.

"I think it's discrimination especially in the area we live in. I'm a single mom with two kids. I can't afford the $200 suit," she said.

Walk said they don't ask parents to buy students new clothes.

He said that's why they offer ties to help out those who are not wearing them.

"I do not think any of the students were treated rudely and i do not think any of the students were discriminated against," Walk said.

Townsend said he was embarrassed to be yelled at.

"I think if they are gonna tell us that we needed to go home and change they will pull us away a little further from all the other kids and tell us them but not in front of all the kids," Townsend said.

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