Virginia teen: I was booted from prom because male chaperones checked me out
A Virginia teen says she was kicked out of her high school prom because some creepy dads ogled her and complained that her sparkly dress prompted boys to think "impure thoughts."
Clare, a senior in Chesterville who was only identified by her last name, was asked to leave a prom organized in Mechanicsville for homeschooled students after some adult chaperones took notice of the 5-foot-9 17-year-old, she said.
A 17-year-old homeschooled senior says she was asked to leave a Virginia prom because some of the dance's male chaperones were concerned she was going to cause boys to think 'impure thoughts.' Clare says her sparkly dress was within the dance's dress code.
She said the prom — themed "Twilight in Paris" — had just one dress code rule: Girls' dresses must be at least fingertip length.
Clare said her glitzy silver number was.
"My mom said that it was a hot little thing, but it was definitely within the guidelines," Clare's sister Hannah Ettinger told NBC 12.
When she arrived at prom, Clare was stopped by one of the dance's organizers who thought her dress might be too short. When Clare put her arms down to prove that the hemline was below her fingers and within the dress code, the teacher allowed her inside, Clare said.
But while the teacher OKd the dress, some of the chaperones didn't.
Clare said she was in a group of friends, swaying to the music, when she noticed something creepy.
"We were also a little grossed out by all the dads on the balcony above the dance floor, ogling and talking amongst themselves," she wrote.
That's when the same prom organizer who let Clare in the door came back to tell her she was no longer welcome at the dance.
The dance only had one dress code rule: Dresses must be at least finger-tip length. Clare says her dress followed that rule.
"Some of the dads who were chaperoning had complained that my dancing was too provocative, and that I was going to cause the young men at the prom to think impure thoughts," Clare wrote in the blog post. The teacher had a security guard escort her out.
But Clare's boyfriend and prom date, James Thompson, told NBC 12 that the group hadn't even started dancing when she was booted from the venue.
Clare was kicked out of the dance and refunded $25 for her ticket.
Her boyfriend and four friends who left with her were not given their money back.
"The whole situation made me feel violated, walked over and ostracized," she wrote.
When Clare was asked to leave, her boyfriend, James Thompson, and four of her other friends left with her.
Clare said plenty of girls had on shorter dresses than hers and students who stayed at the dance told her other couples started dirty dancing later in the evening.
She was the only student asked to leave.
"I'm not responsible for some perverted 45 year old dad lusting after me because I have a sparkly dress on and a big a-- for a teenager," she wrote in the blog post. "And if you think I am, then maybe you're part of the problem."