Officials at a north Idaho high school said they wanted their students to dress classy for this past weekend's homecoming dance, but more than a few students and parents said the fashion police had gone too far.
The Coeur d'Alene Press reports officials at Coeur d'Alene High School informed students and parents the school's dress code, which insisted on semi-formal attire for the dance, would be strictly enforced and anyone found in violation would be sent home. The code bans formal dresses with bare shoulders or even spaghetti straps.
The announcement left some parents in a lurch, with at least one parent telling KREM-TV they had already bought a dress for their daughter that would not have complied with the code.
"What are we going to do now?" asked parent Susan Pattee. "Pay day is next week. I'm not the only one—that's money a lot of parents don't have."
Meanwhile, the Press reports other homecoming dances are scheduled in the coming weeks at other high schools in Idaho's panhandle.
"We take pride in being a premier high school," wrote a memo from Coeur d'Alene High School officials to parents. Officials also said students would be asked to submit to breathalyzer tests at the dance.