Teen Gets Kicked out of Prom ... for Wearing Pants
byKaitlin StanfordApr 23, 2014
Oh, Senior Prom. There's always at least one kid who doesn't quite make it off the party bus before getting kicked off for causing a scene or breaking some rule. Usually it's for trying to smuggle in alcohol or pulling some ill-advised prank. But for one senior at Cherryville High School in North Carolina, her only crime was her pants. Yes, her pants.
Shafer Rupard showed up to prom in what she thought was a pretty cool outfit: a black shirt, some red skinny jeans and a matching red hat, according to WBTV. As you can imagine, she may have stood out a little amid a sea of other girls donning sparkly strapless gowns, but hey, maybe that was the point.
In the end, it was the red skinny jeans that proved to be her undoing. They caught the attention—and, it seems, anger—of one chaperone who was clearly not a fan. As Shafer later told WBTV, "Teacher tapped me on the shoulder. She had a problem with what I was wearing. I thought it was because of the hat or the leather jacket, and I was like well, ‘I'll take those off’ and she was like, ‘No, it’s the pants.'"
If you're scratching your head right about now, wondering just what this person has against red pants, we are right there with you. And if you're thinking that the Cherryville Senior Prom had some sort of anti-red pants dress code, well, we've already looked into that: It didn't, according to the assistant principal.
Which brings us to one last and final question: Were Shafer's red pants "unacceptable" simply because they were pants ... on a girl? It sure seems so.
No official response has come yet from the school, but this story has been gaining traction around the Web for days (for obvious reasons). In the meantime, Shafer and her parents are upset and sad about how the whole thing was handled.
"In a way it's kind of a slap in the face, because you can't get that memory back," Shafer told reporters.