Transcript for School district asks girls to submit dress photos before attending homecoming dance
Now we go to that high school dress code that is spark a backlash. A cool in Wisconsin is requiring students to submit photos of their dresses before they can buy tickets to the homecoming dance. Amy is here with the details. Good morning, Amy. Good morning. More than half of school districts in the United States enforce some sort of dress code but this particular high school is taking things to a new level and sparking outrageous before its homecoming dance. Some are saying it seems to just be targeting female students. Strapless, low back and cutouts were some of the hottest dress trends at the emmys but these Hollywood looks won't be allowed at one high school's homecomeing. We're not allowed to wear two-priest dress, have not been able to show any of our back, strapless, low cut, anything like that. Reporter: Nicole is a senior at a high school in Wisconsin where dress codes have been strict and recently the administration sent an e-mail reminding parents and students that before purchasing a ticket, we are requiring all dress-wearing students or non-phs guests to provide a picture of themselves in their homecoming attire. I think the fact we have to submit a photo of ourselves wearing it front and back is a little bit kind of creepy to me. Reporter: But Nicole's friend Calista who carefully chose her dress according to guidelines are concerned it may not make the cut. It has a little cutout at the chest which I'm worried about. Reporter: The school says they require these dress photos in advance so students aren't turned away at the night of the dance. Honestly I'd much rather get turned away at the door than to send a picture of myself wearing a dress. I just don't want them to go too far to the point where when you go shopping and can't find anything because you're worried about the back, the front, worried about everything. Reporter: While almost 64% of schools have dress codes some experts like rosalynn Weissman thinks this sends the wrong message. What we're looking at arbitrary standards that an adult gets to decide and what to does is shame the young person and says you don't get to belong here because of the way that your body looks. Reporter: On Monday they updated their policy saying if someone feels uncomfortable sending in a picture, a parent can e-mail an administrator saying their child understands the guidelines and will comply with the dress code. And Amy and I are joined by Ericka souter from mom.me and thanks for joining us. But this dress code, it seemed to target female students and what a message is it accepting to young girl sfs we try to teach our kids that girls and boys are equal. This is the exact opposite message and what parents are telling us they're worried if there's too much focus on their young girls' bodies and may make them more self-conscious and make them feel like sexual objects an teaches them there are problems and what they wear is a problem. Amy, we both have girls about the same age so I'm curious, with you, do you think the dress codes for dances are even a good idea necessarily. My daughters have gone to a school where they have a school uniform and it was very strict. Now my daughter da is in public high school and, whoa, is it different. I do think an institution has a right to say we want to set certain standards but they should apply to both girl answer boys and shouldn't just be targeted toward girls. I think it's ridiculous and offensive to ask you to send a picture of your daughter front and back for them to inspect. That to me is outrageous. Yeah, I agree on that point. But if you do have your child and Amy said, whoa. And walking out the house or they want to wear something you're not too sure about how do you have the conversation with them. Quell, you know it's okay for parents to set rules. You can tell your I hads can there is an appropriate way to dress. That's what our job is as parents. But you also need to prepare them for the reality and reality is that the world can judge you by what you look like. And they may make assumptions. On the other end for boys prepare them to an tell them ow to treat women. No matter what they wear they should be treated with respect. When they're in my house they dress by my rules. Mama robach has smokin'. More
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