School cracks down on short dresses for homecoming dance

October 7, 2013 9:13:48 AM PDT
It's time for homecoming, but some high school students in northwest Harris County may be skipping out on their dance. It's all over a new dress code policy for the event, cracking down on short dresses.

Sophia Junkar is getting ready for homecoming. She's got a date, her mums are ready to go -- all she needs now is a dress. Cypress Ridge High School now requires homecoming dresses fall below the knee.

"I didn't really want to go anymore," she said. "I thought it was kind of dumb. It takes a lot of time finding dresses like that."

Sophia wore one dress to another school's homecoming last week. She was hoping to wear it to her own, but it's a few inches above the knee, which ironically might be allowed on a typical school day, when hems only have to be as long as your fingertips.

Her mom, Yvonne, helped pick out the dress.

"I wouldn't let my daughter go out in something that wasn't appropriate for the school," said Yvonne Junkar.

She doesn't want to buy her daughter another dress that will only be worn once.

At Vickie Lynn Boutique, we couldn't even find many teen dresses below the knee.

"God bless them. It is hard," said owner Vickie Lynn. "I can't even think, when I go to market, I don't really see any past the knee."

Many Cy-Ridge students are skipping the dance..

"Just forget the dance," said senior Hicel Garcia. "I'll just go somewhere else where we can wear whatever we want."

The school says the dress code was put in place "with modesty and safety in mind." And is "an effort to promote a refined and memorable homecoming experience."

This family says the dance will definitely be memorable, but not the way they want.

The dance is October 18. The school notified students and parents last month about the change. Cy Ridge is the only school in the district to have these new rules.

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