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Parents voice opinions over students turned away at High School dance

TOOELE, Utah (ABC 4 News) – Staff at Stansbury High School banned dozens of students from entering the Homecoming Dance over the weekend. Now parents are sharing their frustration.
TOOELE, Utah (ABC 4 News) – Staff at Stansbury High School banned dozens of students from entering the Homecoming Dance over the weekend. Now parents are sharing their frustration.

Shelly Wolf and her daughter Kailey are still upset Monday over what’s being called a “Homecoming Spirit Massacre”.

“I felt frustrated,” said Kailey Wolf, Junior, Stansbury High School.

“I was appalled at the way it was handled,” said Shelly Wolf, upset parent.

Saturday, Kailey was one of dozens of students turned away from the Stansbury Homecoming dance, all because her dress was too short.

“We added length to the bottom, we even added the straps as well,” said Wolf.

The pair spent weeks picking out the perfect dress and accessories. So did other parents whose children were also turned away.

“I spent time altering the straps so it would have the right kind of straps for the dress,” said Tiffany Ekins, upset parent.

“The parents have spent so much money and time and effort for these young kids to have a safe environment and dance and they got turned away,” said Susan Johnson, upset grandparent.

They said the school was wrong to ban their daughters from the dance, and claim the dress code is too vague.

“It indicates the length should be at or near the knee and you know, what is near the knee? We’ve got to clarify that, we’ve got to make that better,” said Kendall Topham, Stansbury High School Principal.

Looking again at the dress the Wolf’s think is fine, they tell ABC 4, changing the code is the first place the school should start.

“I believe that rule needs to be clear,” said Wolf.

ABC 4 is told the school will be giving banned students a make-up dance to compensate for the way they were treated.

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