“As students, we’ve been trying to progress, and I think the school system should catch up as well.”
On Monday, these prom dress code flyers appeared on the walls of Stanton College Prep, a public high school in Jacksonville, Florida.
Three of the flyers showed prom dresses with low backs, plunging necklines, and a leg slit. They said, “Going to Stanton Prom? NO YOU'RE NOT.”
A fourth poster shows a sleeveless gown, accompanied with text: “Going to Stanton Prom? YES YOU ARE. GOOD GIRL.”
Lily Willingham, an 18-year-old senior at the high school, found out about the posters in a group text with some friends — and she was livid.
“I saw it, and I was like, 'This is a joke. Are you kidding me?'” she told BuzzFeed News. “I was immediately so angry.”
Willingham said dress code rules anger her due to their role in the over-sexualization of young women — and how those rules are rarely enforced for male students.
“I feel like that’s just demeaning — not just to women, but to men as well. They’re not animals, they can handle themselves!” she said.
“It’s a very outdated rule that needs to be updated,” Willingham added. “As students, we’ve been trying to progress, and I think the school system should catch up as well.”
The prom is also on Saturday, and most students have already bought their dresses.
“When everyone else found out, they were all as equally angry as I was,” she said.
By the end of the day, they'd all been ripped down. It is still not known who put them up.