For Alexus Miller-Wigfall, a typical plus-size student from Harrisburg School District, going to the prom should have been memorable. However, her once-in-a-lifetime experience was anything but.
Miller-Wigfall found herself suspended shortly after prom, all because of what was said to be her ‘too revealing prom dress’. The plus-size student wore a beautiful floor-length red gown with a velvet appliqué bodice, long sleeves and a V-shaped neckline that was specially made by her own mother Alisha Sneed.
According to district officials, the gown violated the school’s mandated dress code for the prom. The mandate ordered for the “breasts, upper thighs, crotch, buttocks, etc.” to be covered for the duration of the event.
Miller-Wigfall’s suspension followed three days after the prom. It was reported that the high school student was uninformed of the in-school suspension she had to serve. She was reportedly the only student to have been suspended for having worn such a dress.
Although the sanction was eventually dropped by the school, school officials have refused to reveal the real reason for it. Alisha Sneed, Alexus’ mother revealed that she, too, was not notified of the suspension.
Sneed also revealed that the district refused to return her phone calls.
‘I couldn’t believe it, I don’t see anything wrong with that dress. What do they want her to wear, a turtleneck?’
The mother believed that her daughter’s suspension involved far more than just wearing a ‘revealing’ prom dress. She said iut might have been because of her daughter’s size.
School officials released an official statement on this fiasco saying:
“The Harrisburg School District believes that proms are celebratory and memorable events in the lives of its students. Our administration, school board, faculty, and advisors strive to ensure that students enjoy themselves immensely, while abiding by attire guidelines and expectations that support and promote the elegance of the prom season.”
Sneed shared that other girls wore far more revealing dresses than her daughter and they were not suspended.