Dress that looks like Confederate flag keeps teen from prom

Dress that looks like Confederate flag keeps teen from prom

April 24th, 2012 by The Tennessean in Local - Breaking News

Texanna Edwards was not allowed to attend the Gibson County High School prom because school officials said her dress too closely resembled the Confederate flag.

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Gibson County High School senior Texanna Edwards was - like many of her classmates - looking forward to her prom last Saturday.

But Edwards didn't get to attend because of her attire - a knee-length red dress decorated with bright blue stripes and white stars inside the stripes. The school's colors are red, white and blue, but the dress resembles the controversial Confederate battle flag.

Edwards, 18, said she wasn't allowed inside the prom after school officials told her the dress was "offensive and inappropriate."

"We asked why they thought that, but they kept saying the same thing over and over," she said Monday. "We kept asking people walking inside - black and white - and everyone said they loved it. Two black women even went off on the principal. They were upset with the principal. No one was upset with me."

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