TN Girl Denied Access To Prom For Wearing Confederate Flag Dress

A Gibson county Tennessee high school student thought her red, white and blue dress was perfect for her Saturday night senior prom..

The problem, according to school officials... Was that the red, white
and blue made up a confederate flag.

Emily Cassulo has the report on the girl, and the dress, that are causing all of the controversy.

This is the senior prom Texanna Edwards says she'll never forget.
She spent more than 150-dollars on a dress, but never even made it inside!

Texanna: "They looked at me and said, 'You can't go in because your dress is offensive and might start something.'"

Edwards was shocked, claiming she and other students wear clothes with the confederate flag to school all the time, and it's never an issue.

Texanna: "Since my freshman year, we've always worn rebel flag necklaces, shirts..."

And though the confederate flag is not specifically mentioned in the school's dress code policy, it does say that "certain shirts with printed material on them will not be allowed."

Principal James Hughes told us off camera he asked Edwards to change, or leave the prom, for safety reasons, because he didn't want her dress to start a fight.

Texanna says no one who saw her dress thought it was offensive.

Texanna: "Everyone told me that they loved the idea, so I just figured that nobody would say anything."

But Hughes says a teacher warned Texanna a couple of months ago, that her dress was inappropriate.

She and her grandmother believe Texanna's first amendment rights were violated.

Owens: "It's really bad that in this country that we're supposed to be free, that someone cannot go up in red, white and blue and they're turned away from their senior year and their senior prom."

Principal Hughes says prom night was the first time he's seen a student wear any clothing with a confederate flag on it... And that if it happened again, he would do the same thing - ask them to change, or leave the school.


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