Teenager forced to leave dance after 'ogling' fathers complained'
A 17 year-old girl says she was forced to leave a dance after fathers complained her dancing would give sons 'impure thoughts'
Published 15/05/2014 | 14:42
A teenager in America says she was forced to leave her prom after fathers complained that their children would experience “impure thoughts” towards her.
The fathers, who were acting as chaperones at the dance, complained that she was dancing provocatively and her skirt was too short.
Clare Ettinger from Virginia, described how her dress was checked to see it met the dress code requirement of being longer than the fingertips when her arms were by her side.
However despite meeting the requirement a female chaperone told her to keep her dress "pulled down" down so it didn't look too short.
In a blog post the 17 year-old wrote: "When I got into the ballroom I laughed, because I was surrounded by girls in much shorter dresses then me.
"We were also a little grossed out by all the dads on the balcony above the dance floor, ogling and talking amongst themselves."
Miss Ettinger was then pulled aside by the same female chaperone, who said some of the fathers had complained that her dancing was too provocative, and that she would cause the men at the prom to think impure thoughts.
She was then asked to leave the prom for home-schooled teenagers after she was again told her dress was too short.
She is now demanding a refund for her and her friends, who walked out of the prom with her in a show of unity.
She wrote: "I felt violated by the sheer number of male parents that were assigned to do nothing for five hours other then watch girls in short dresses and heels dance to upbeat music.
I think that it is sick and wrong that they assigned them to sit on a balcony above us and look down on us and single us out for our clothes or dancing."