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Teen banned from prom over controversial dress (Confederate Flag theme)
WAFB News / Various ^ | April 24, 2012 | Janice Broach

Posted on 04/25/2012 3:56:16 PM PDT by Stoat

MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) – A Mid-South teen is banned from prom for wearing a dress that resembles a confederate battle flag.

"It wasn't done to offend anybody," Texanna Edwards explained of her dress. "It was done just for the sole fact that I just wanted a rebel flag dress because I thought it was cool."

But the principal at Gibson High in West Tennessee did not think it was cool.  Edwards, a senior at the school, tried to wear the dress that she helped design to the prom Saturday night.  She also wore a rebel flag necklace.

"He told us y'all have to leave because the dress is inappropriate," Edwards said.

Texanna, who plans to become a veterinarian, said she almost cried, "I felt like it but I was more mad."

She says she does not understand why the dress was banned because students in school wear rebel flag shirts, hats, and belt buckles.

"I don't see the point of not letting someone in their one-and-only prom, senior prom. The year they graduate. Doesn't represent anything bad," Cody Beasley, a fellow student says.

LaShantay Beverly, also a student, agrees.

"Other people wear the same stuff to school but they don't get kicked out of school on that basis," she said.

"It was heritage not hate.  She didn't go in their to make nobody upset or anything like that," says student Brittany Donald.

Gibson High principal, James Hughes, refused to talk with WMC-TV.

Last year, Texanna wore a camouflage dress to the prom.

She says the whole thing has been blown out of proportion.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: confederacy; confederate; confederateflag; rebelflag; tennessee; texannaedwards; tn
There's also a video report available at the  WAFB   site; here again:

 

Teen banned from prom over controversial dress - WAFB 9 News Baton Rouge, Louisiana News, Weather, Sports

 

 

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Also:

 

Tennessee high schooler kicked out of senior prom for wearing Confederate flag dress  - NY Daily News

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School officials said a teacher who served as prom sponsor warned Edwards two months ago not to wear the dress and to clear the idea with the principal, but Edwards ignored the warning.

Gibson County director of schools Eddie Pruett told the Sun there have been race-related issues at the school recently.

Edwards said students wore Confederate-flag themed garb to school all the time, and there was never any problems.

“I didn’t ask for approval because I didn’t think I needed to. I had one teacher tell me it was a bad idea. ... But I asked a bunch of people before I had the dress made, and they all loved the idea,” she told the Sun.

Kim Lee, Edwards’ mom, said they spent about $500 on Texanna’s dress, makeup and hair.

Pruett told the newspaper the school was trying to keep everyone safe.

“I hate that the girl was not able to attend prom, and this is an unfortunate incident,” he said. “But as a school district, we have to look out for the best interest for all students.”

Gibson County is in western Tennessee, about 100 miles north of Memphis. (edit)

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Texanna Edwards- Teenager banned from Tennessee prom when she showed up in Confederate flag dress - Mail Online

 

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Texas students sue to carry purses decorated with Confederate flag

Texas students sue to carry purses decorated with Confederate flag

1 posted on 04/25/2012 3:56:22 PM PDT by Stoat
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To: stainlessbanner

“Thought you might be interested” ping.


2 posted on 04/25/2012 3:57:13 PM PDT by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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To: Stoat

Although I usually side with the administration on these kinds of things, the SCOTUS has said “students do not leave their rights at the schoolroom door” (or words to that effect).

Unless they enforce a strict dress code that says, for example “all girls must wear white dresses and all guys must wear blue suits,” then this is totally valid for her to wear and a violation of her 1st Amendment rights.


3 posted on 04/25/2012 3:59:25 PM PDT by freedumb2003 ('RETRO' Abortions = performed on 84th trimester individuals who think killing babies is a "right.")
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To: Stoat
Simple Fix.

Boil Tar, Pluck Feathers, Cut Rail...

Add in idiot who banned the dress.

Post Video to youtube.

4 posted on 04/25/2012 4:01:22 PM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: Mad Dawgg

Like it. I’ll pop the corn.


5 posted on 04/25/2012 4:04:00 PM PDT by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: freedumb2003; All
Gibson County director of schools Eddie Pruett told the Sun there have been race-related issues at the school recently

 

So, instead of educating students on the true history and meaning of Confederate flag (s) and related imagery, they chose to side with ignorant Leftists who have twisted the proud flag into a lie about racism.

 

6 posted on 04/25/2012 4:06:12 PM PDT by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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To: Stoat

She should have worn the dress and shown up with a big ole Janet “Nappy” younger sis look-a-like on her arm. That would have given the PC principal some pause (and knotted drawers too).


7 posted on 04/25/2012 4:07:33 PM PDT by lovesdogs
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To: lovesdogs

Her date should have showed up with a hoodie. Problem solved.


8 posted on 04/25/2012 4:12:24 PM PDT by goseminoles
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To: Stoat

She should’ve dressed in a Saudi flag and all would have been well and if she had shouted Allah Akhbar she would’ve been chosen queen of the prom.

Ah, America, not long enough have I known you.


9 posted on 04/25/2012 4:13:13 PM PDT by 353FMG
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To: Stoat

If she had worn the Sandra Fluke designer prom dress
there would be no problem.

10 posted on 04/25/2012 4:15:03 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: goseminoles

If Obama had a daughter she’s look like...
no, wait that won’t work...she’s not a thug.


11 posted on 04/25/2012 4:16:03 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Stoat

Pants hanging under your ass: OK
Red dress with Starry Cross: Ban dress and humiliate student.

Ain’t diversity grand?


12 posted on 04/25/2012 4:18:39 PM PDT by Tupelo ( 2012 TEA PARTYER but no longer a Republican)
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To: tet68

I was trying to construct that joke, but took the easy way out.


13 posted on 04/25/2012 4:21:23 PM PDT by goseminoles
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To: Stoat

good lord, at least if you are going to spend $500 end up looking good


14 posted on 04/25/2012 4:22:08 PM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Stoat

Of course she intended to offend. She intended to offend school administrators just like all teens do.


15 posted on 04/25/2012 4:25:43 PM PDT by JLS (How to turn a recession into a depression: elect a Dem president with a big majorities in Congress))
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To: Stoat
“Texanna.” It is good to see the southern tradition of naming females after states is alive and well.

I have met ladies named Virginia, Carolina, Florida, Georgia and one with the middle name of Mississippi.

16 posted on 04/25/2012 4:26:38 PM PDT by Jacquerie (No court will save us from ourselves.)
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To: Stoat

That girl been Trayvonned.


17 posted on 04/25/2012 4:29:07 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Stoat

All I can say is that is not a very pretty prom dress, but its her prom and her dress.


18 posted on 04/25/2012 4:32:12 PM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: svcw
"All I can say is that is not a very pretty prom dress, but its her prom and her dress."

Might work if her boyfriend takes her in a pick-up truck and she rides laying across the back window.
19 posted on 04/25/2012 4:44:55 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Jacquerie
“Texanna.” It is good to see the southern tradition of naming females after states is alive and well.

I have met ladies named Virginia, Carolina, Florida, Georgia and one with the middle name of Mississippi. 

Even though I am unfortunately a Northerner, I love The South and wish that I lived there.  Maybe some day.  "sigh"

Two years ago I drove from Seattle to Savannah and back again through The South. One of the many things that made me not want to return home was the incredible friendliness of Southerners, which is dramatically different from what I'm accustomed to here.

The desire to name their children after the great Nation that they love is, in my view, perfectly in keeping with the proud traditions of Southern Hospitality and warm friendliness that I encountered.

 

20 posted on 04/25/2012 4:45:26 PM PDT by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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To: Stoat

I moved last year from Seattle to a little fishing village on the Georgia coast. It was a good move.


21 posted on 04/25/2012 4:46:56 PM PDT by Publius
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To: Stoat

Looks like the principal didn’t get the memo that the Confederates lost the war. Or is he just a poor winner?


22 posted on 04/25/2012 4:53:29 PM PDT by TheDon (The Democrat Party, the party of the KKK (tm))
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To: Stoat

I guess she did not want to go.


23 posted on 04/25/2012 4:54:33 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Publius
I moved last year from Seattle to a little fishing village on the Georgia coast. It was a good move.

 

Have you gotten used to the heat yet?  That is pretty much the only thing that worries me about such a move...as a Seattle native, I'm acclimated to 55 degrees with a light, irritating drizzle for nine months of every year and I was VERY impressed by the heat and humidity of The South.  There were days when I would step out of the air-conditioned stoatmobile and all I could say was "WOW!" as the heat hit me like a sledgehammer  ;-)

24 posted on 04/25/2012 4:56:10 PM PDT by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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To: Stoat
We've been in a drought for a few years, so the heat tends to be dry most of the time. But last year we had the hottest summer since they started keeping records in 1874. I went from my air conditioned condo to my air conditioned car to my air conditioned destination.

The thing I miss most is my favorite Asian restaurants.

25 posted on 04/25/2012 4:58:48 PM PDT by Publius
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To: Stoat

Yeeesh! Just tell her it makes her ass look really big! Problem solved.


26 posted on 04/25/2012 5:00:50 PM PDT by Dacus943
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To: Publius

I appreciate your reply, thank you. I guess I will just have to give it a try and see how I fare. I appreciated the incredible friendliness, graciousness and patriotism of Southerners (among many other things) so much that I’m willing to make an effort to make it work.


27 posted on 04/25/2012 5:56:54 PM PDT by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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To: Jacquerie

I know a thirty something mom named Arizona. Ma Barker’s actual first name.


28 posted on 04/25/2012 6:53:28 PM PDT by Zippo44 (Liberal: another word for poltroon.)
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To: Stoat

She really screwed up. She should have worn something politically unoffensive at school, like Che Guevara, a hammer and sickle or a Muslim star and crescent moon. A dress with GW’s head on a platter would probably be unoffensive as well.

You can wear anything you want as long as it only insults white Christians.


29 posted on 04/25/2012 8:09:00 PM PDT by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (REPEAL OBAMACARE. Nothing else matters.)
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To: Liberty Valance

“Hmmm, I could probably use this one again” ;-)


30 posted on 04/25/2012 8:43:06 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: Stoat

When liberals do things like this, it’s “bold”.

When liberals don’t do it, it’s hate.

Liberals SUCK.

(sorry Mods, if that’s too honest please pull the post)


31 posted on 04/25/2012 8:45:13 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (Obama ate his own dog as a child in Indonesia??)
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To: Stoat
She says she does not understand why the dress was banned because students in school wear rebel flag shirts, hats, and belt buckles.

If this is true, then winning a lawsuit is certain. She should be happy - that school administrator just paid for her college degree.

32 posted on 04/25/2012 9:37:49 PM PDT by Talisker (He who commands, must obey.)
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To: Stoat

If a gay male had worn the Confederate Dress would it have been OK??

I assume so...


33 posted on 04/26/2012 6:42:15 PM PDT by Bon of Babble (The Road to Ruin is Always Kept in Good Repair)
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