Some parents are complaining after a Readington, New Jersey, school banned strapless dresses at the annual eighth-grade spring dinner dance this year. Readington Middle School Principal Sharon Moffat sent parents a letter announcing the new rule earlier this month, and is being backed by the school superintendent, who said in a statement that the district's dress code is being universally applied to the school day and school events. Among those upset by the rule is parent Charlotte Nijenhuis, who planned to attend a board meeting last night with other parents to protest the rule and ask that it be suspended. She told the Courier News that the rule is, quote, "an abuse of authority," and claimed that the principal had expressed worry that strapless dresses would, quote, "distract boys." Nijenhuis told the newspaper, "[The comment] is particularly offensive because it suggests that boys are not able to control -- or ought no to be required to control -- their behavior when in the presence of girls wearing strapless dresses. It is neither a woman's nor a girl's responsibility to control a man's or boy's behavior." Parents pay for the annual dance, and some of them say they've already bought dresses for their daughters.
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