Yesha Callahan

School Board President Smacks Down Principal’s Ruling On Not Allowing a Female Student To Wear a Tux to Prom


A high-school senior will now be allowed to wear her tuxedo to prom, thanks to a school board president’s decision. Claudetteia Love, an openly gay honor student at Carroll High School, was told by her principal that she couldn’t attend prom because she wanted to wear a tuxedo. According to the principal, the decision was based on the school’s dress policy, but Love thinks it was based on her sexual orientation.

Geraldine Jackson, Love’s mother, stated that the principal was concerned about her daughter’s choice of attire for the prom.

“He said that the faculty that is working the prom told him they weren’t going to work the prom if (girls) were going to wear tuxes,” she said. “That’s his exact words. ‘Girls wear dresses and boys wear tuxes, and that’s the way it is.”

But the school board’s president had a different opinion.

Monroe City School Board President Rodney McFarland said he has called a meeting with School Superintendent Brent Vidrine to take up Love’s case.

“As school board president, I don’t agree with Carroll banning her from her prom just because of what she wants to wear — that’s discrimination,” he said. “As far as I know there is no Monroe City School Board policy saying what someone has to wear to attend the prom. You can’t just go making up policies.”

Love says her fight to wear a tuxedo extends beyond herself. She wants everyone to be able to wear whatever they want to wear.

“There are other girls in lower grades than me, and I want for them when they come up to not to have to feel like they aren’t accepted,” Love said. “I don’t want them to feel like they are less of a person because people don’t accept them. There are people in the world that won’t accept you but they don’t have to be so judgmental and make you feel like you’re less of a person and that you shouldn’t express yourself.”

Following graduation, Love will attend Jackson State University on a full academic scholarship.

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  1. April 6, 2015 - Reply

    It’s great that she stood up for herself, and I’m actually a little surprised that the school board backed her up (it is Louisiana after all). This young woman and other kids like her are the reason I can’t say, as a straight black person, that gay issues are not my problem. Black LGT+ folks are already marginalized in the mainstream gay rights movement; let’s not marginalize them within our communities.

  2. April 6, 2015 - Reply

    “They put me in all these honours and advanced placement classes so I can take all of these tests and get good grades and better the school, but when it’s time for me to celebrate the fact that I’ve accomplished what I need to accomplish and I’m about to graduate, they don’t want to let me do it, the way I want to.”

    Claudetteia Love, a student at Carroll High School in Monroe, LA and future full-scholarship student at “Jackson State University”

  3. April 6, 2015 - Reply

    She is not messing with anyone, she is not saying slurs, etc. She just wanted to wear the tux at the prom. It is a shame that she has to experience that nonsense, but the School Board did the right thing. Regardless of anyone’s views on sexual orientation, this issue is about maintaining basic human rights. She is very intelligent Sister and she has the whole world ahead of her.

  4. April 6, 2015 - Reply

    When we talk about the rights of black women, I hope all of us are ALSO including this amazing young lady’s rights too. She should make us proud. Her great academic record and her courage. Black is diverse and comes in many ways. Are we ready to embrace the entire rainbow of black women? I hope so. Go on sis! Proud of you for standing up for your rights.

  5. April 6, 2015 - Reply

    I agree with the principal the dress code or policy should be a anatomical females should wear female attire and a anatomical males should wear male attire to maintain order and keep down confusion black people we must adhere to standard and you can’t keep changing policy or codes just because of the way someone feels.

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