- The Washington Times - Monday, May 9, 2016

A Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, high school student said she was ejected from her prom on Friday evening because she wore a suit and tie in lieu of a dress.

The student, Aniya Wolf, said she wore a shirt and pants to school all three years she’s attended Bishop McDevitt High in Harrisburg. When she attempted to keep the tradition going doing her big night, however, she said she was dragged by her arm out of Friday’s event.

“Sadly, I was not admitted into the Prom. I was forced to leave,” she posted on Facebook following Friday’s failed attempt to attend the prom. “The principal threatened she would get the cops. What an experience. Lol they can’t take my pride.”

The student, who identifies as lesbian, told WHTM News, a local ABC station, that classmates have always been accepting of her, but she said that school officials have made her feel like “a mistake.”

“I’ve just always been like this, ever since I was little,” Miss Wolf said. “I was always more masculine. You wouldn’t catch me playing with any Barbie dolls, I’ll tell you that right now.”

Carolyn Wolf, the teen’s mother, told reporters that her daughter had been planning on attending Friday’s prom — and even bought a new outfit — until being caught off guard with a last-minute email containing a reminder about the event’s dress code.

The email said “modesty is the overriding principle” for girls, and that “dresses are to be formal,” but it fell short of saying they were required.

“I told them that I had read the dress code that was given to the students, and I didn’t think that it precluded her from wearing a suit. I said that this was very unfair, particularly at the last minute. We had gone out and bought a new suit. I think my daughter is beautiful in a suit,” the mom told WHTM.

The school said parents were first told about the dress code policy three months ago and warned that students who didn’t adhere to the rules were barred from attending proms in years past.

“Bishop McDevitt will continue to practice acceptance and love for all of our students. They are tremendous young men and women. We simply ask that they follow the rules that we have put into place,” the school said in a statement.

Founded in 1918, Bishop McDevitt is a private, coeducational Catholic school attended by more than 700 students each academic year.

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