Louisiana high school teen can't wear tux to prom

Louisiana High School Tells Teen She Can't Wear Tux to Prom
Louisiana High School Tells Teen She Can't Wear Tux to Prom

There's a ban on tuxedos for a Louisiana school's prom, but it doesn't apply to everybody.

It's perfectly OK for boys to wear tuxedos, but Carroll High School senior Claudetteia Love is openly gay and wants to wear a tuxedo to her school's prom. That's where school officials are drawing the line, saying that's against dress code.

"Love says this contract was given to students. The form says Love has to wear a dress to go to the dance," KTVE reports.

"I was disappointed because I don't wear dresses at all," Love said.

The story has made its way from the town of Monroe, Louisiana - with a population of about 48,000 - to national and international headlines.

It's also reportedly caught the attention of the U.S. Justice Department. According to The Monroe News-Star, justice officials spoke with the school's attorney about Love's rights, though details of the conversation aren't expected to be released until Wednesday.

Love, who's openly gay, does seem to have some support within the school, though. KTVE quotes Monroe City School Board President Rodney McFarland, who says: "It doesn't matter if it is discrimination against someone because they are openly gay or discriminating against someone for their race. It is not right. I know it is wrong for them to ban her from the prom because she wants to wear a tuxedo."

And Love has gotten support outside the school, too. One woman even wrote a poem inspired by the student's situation.

For now, Love doesn't plan to attend her school's prom.

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