Teen turned away from homecoming dance because outfit had a 'crotch in it'
A 17-year-old was turned away from her homecoming dance in Florida because she wore an outfit with a "crotch in it".
Darcy Krueger was told at the door of The Tampa Bay Homeschool Homecoming dance venue that her jumpsuit was not following the school's dress code and therefore she would be unable to attend the event.
"I was very surprised. I called my mom and I was telling my friends about it because I couldn't really believe it," she said.
After the incident, Darcy's mother, Melissa Krueger, took to Facebook to talk about the incident.
Alongside a picture of her daughter's outfit, she wrote, "Darcy's upset and so am I. The dress code didn't mention pant suit dress attire for ladies. Feeling awful."
Darcey had looked for a dress, but when she failed to find one that she liked enough, she opted for a jumpsuit instead.
"I already had this in the closet and I was like this could totally work. I could just dress this up and feel good about this," said Darcy.
Darcey's jumpsuit subsequently sparked a debate on local media about whether or not it was appropriate homecoming attire.
The organizer of the dance gave the following statement to ABC Action News when asked for comment:
"We have 2 private events every year for our students. These events have a dress code. This particular event 390 students bought tickets. Only 1 student had to be turned away and it was due to dress code. We offered her an opportunity to come back if she could change into the dress code. We would have loved to had 100% attendance. However, her ticket was refunded after the event and we confirmed that she did not return."
Darcey's mother confirmed that she money had been refunded, however, she added that it was no consolation for the teen.
"They did refund the money, but it's kind of bigger than that for me. It's like an injustice. This is my daughter's senior year and to see her get rejected and denied entrance to a dance that she could have went to any semi-formal event in the area and walked right in and no one would have batted an eye," she said.
After Melissa's Facebook post went viral, a local photographer, Jennie Ellis, reached out to Darcey and offered to take her pictures in her homecoming outfit so that she could have some memento of the event.
"She was dressed up and was appropriate so that's frustrating because this like a memory now, you know," Melissa said.