Shatara Shorter, 16, was prohibited from attending her prom because she got her hair done. Prom was held on a school night, so Shatara left school early to make sure her hair and nails and makeup were done in time for the big event. Shatara, a student at Northeast High School Oakland Park, Fla, showed up at the prom with her date, Quaedae Robinson, and was met by a school attendant who asked for their IDs.
“They were basically waiting for me,” Shorter told Miami news station WPLG Local 10
The kids were informed that while Robinson was welcome to enter, Shatara could not because she had broken a school rule that reads,
“Students must attend half of the classes on the day of an activity in which they want to take part unless they have been excused or exempted from class by the school administration in advance.”
A spokesperson from the Broward County Public Schools district sent a statement to Yahoo Beauty that reads in part:
“The school’s students, teachers and staff worked extremely hard to make the prom a positive and memorable experience for all attending. During prom week, via multiple announcements, school administrators reminded students of the attendance requirement for participation in prom. The student and parent in this incident were reminded of this requirement prior to the student being signed out for the day. In addition, school administrators offered options to the family that would allow the student to meet this requirement by attending the latter half of the school day, which the family declined.”
Shatara’s mother, Shenika Dennis, tells a different story. Shenika Dennis says she was never informed about the rule. However, she did call the school the day before prom and told administration that her daughter would be leaving early. She also insists that her daughter wasn’t the only one who left school early that day but she was the only one punished for it.
Shatara’s mother spent $1,000 on her daughter’s prom look from her nails, brows, makeup, lashes, and dress. But the damage has already been done, Shatara’s mother is transferring her daughter to another school. The couple did not go to prom but drove to the beach and had dinner at a restaurant.
Real talk? Everybody knows that styling a black girl’s hair can take hours and hours, and for kids these days, Prom is like a wedding ( check this post HERE if you don’t believe me). The school knows good and gosh darn well that they held the event on a Friday because it’s cheaper for them to do so as opposed to holding it on a Saturday. I’m all for following rules, but the rules should make sense. If this is a good student who isn’t one to normally miss school, why should she be penalized for this just because it’s a rule that makes no damn sense, especially since her mother notified the school ahead of time? Schools have GOT to be better about picking their battles
What say you? Unfair punishment to be turned away for leaving school early or Shatara and her mother should have followed school protocol to not be turned away.
If you like this post click HERE to read about another girl who was turned away from prom this year.
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