A Silverdale, Washington high school senior said school administrators discriminated against her because of her large breasts, denying her entrance to the prom dance.
Brittany Minder claimed that she did her best to comply with the dress code at Central Kitsap High School, which permits students to wear strapless dresses so long as “cleavage, midriff, and lower back are covered,” according to local news reports.
She chose a strapless, purple, sequin gown for the evening, and went all the way to Canada to procure it.
Still, administrators barred her entrance to the prom on the grounds that the dress showed too much cleavage. District policy calls on school officials to help students make alternate wardrobe plans in such a crisis, and Minder was allowed to enter after wrapping herself in a shawl.
Her night was already ruined, however.
“It was tough being there after all that happened,” she said in a statement. “I didn’t feel comfortable.”
Administrators were insensitive to her body type, and applied the rules to her unfairly, she said.
“In my opinion, I feel that [I wasn’t let it] because I am bigger chested and there is more cleavage that you can see and there’s nothing I can really do about that,” she said in a statement.
Minder’s parents agreed that the school mistreated her.
“All women are not created equal and you cannot compare a golf ball to a grapefruit,” said Brittany’s mother, Kim Minder. “It’s not going to happen.”
The Minder family has asked the school for an apology.
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