Skip to comments.School suspends boy for wearing dress to prom
Posted on 05/11/2005 3:35:31 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
LAKE GENEVA, Wis. (AP) Kerry Lofy had no qualms about wearing a black, spaghetti-strap dress to his high school prom he thought it would be funny.
Turns out, his school didn't.
The 18-year-old senior was ticketed $249 for disorderly conduct, suspended from school for three days and told he must miss his last track meet.
``Things got a little crazy,'' Lofy said.
School district administrator Jim Gottinger said the discipline was for more than just the dress.
According to a police report, a school police liaison officer saw Lofy dancing in a sexually provocative manner, including lying on another student on the dance floor.
``Quite frankly, the behavior was a bigger violation than the dress issue,'' Gottinger said.
Lofy, though, said he wasn't the only one dancing suggestively at prom.
``The whole night was that kind of dancing. They can't single me out and say, 'Oh it was you, it was only you,''' he said. ``I think it's over the dress.''
Police did not cite anyone else at the prom for disorderly conduct, said Donna Wisniewski, assistant to the police chief.
Lofy said his school, Lake Geneva Badger High, had no problem letting him go to Saturday's prom with another guy. Lofy is not gay but says his friend is and couldn't find a date. School officials drew the line at his dress.
``I thought it would be more appropriate for there to be one person dressed like a girl and a person dressed like a guy, than for there to be two guys to go,'' said Lofy, a member of the school's track, ski, powerlifting and soccer teams.
Also, he thought people would find it funny to see a 6-foot, 185-pound guy in a black, stretchy, spaghetti-strap dress.
He says he's known for his outrageous fashion he once went to a homecoming dance dressed like Hugh Hefner with two girls as dates. He went to prom last year in a suit made out of duct tape, and took an inflatable doll as his date to another homecoming.
Word got around about his prom dress, and Lofy said the school's associate principal warned him a few times not to wear it.
He didn't listen. He showed up in the dress, a blond wig, open-toed platform sandals, blue earrings and a necklace.
Teachers turned him away, but he said he showed up later with a tan-and-black plaid leisure suit over the dress and went inside.
He whipped off the suit during a dance-off, and a security guard escorted him out, he said.
Lofy said when he went to school Monday, the school liaison police officer issued the disorderly conduct ticket.
``They thought I was mocking the school,'' he said.
Gottinger, though, said the prom is meant to be dignified, and Lofy's dress ``doesn't meet our criteria of what would be dignified dress.''
Lofy said he'd like to fight the discipline but isn't sure how he can't afford an attorney. He plans to go to Colorado Mountain College in the fall and major in ski hill management.
,,, he knows how to grab attention and he knows what he's going to do in life. Is there an award we can give this kid?
He's got Marketing Department Promotions Manager written all over him....
I guess there really is no end to educational administration's ignorance and totalitarian orientation.
I saw this post and wondered if you had. Obviously the kid does know what he wants to do in life. Sorry that his prank didn't go over well. These days everyone is so scared into being politically correct, that they don't see the funny side in anything.
The boy may have a case here.
,,, respect for diversity was out to dinner at that school. The senior male teachers calling the shots should be put in black strappy little numbers, the women teachers in loin cloths, spray painted gold and be made to act out lurid pantomime.
No, but I have a missile with your name on it.
That boy ain't right.
just like English Parliamentarians do!
Yeah, I know, I left punctuation out...on porpoise.
,,, thanx for sharing your past service to them with us.
Much too liberal, son. Try Hillsdale.
Seems I read of such a case a week or two ago.
Little SOB got off light.
Some women look pretty hot in a tux or business attire. Guys in dresses just look like queers.
One of the women I work with is a part-time stripper. She was hired for a 'going-away' party for a college student who had been accepted for a summer term at a university in Ireland. How old was the kid? 19. Who ARRANGED the gig and paid for it? The proud parents. Yeah, this country is on the right course...
Yep. Nobody has a sense of humor anymore. Everything gets political.