It's prom season and many recent news stories have focused on teenage girls being forced to leave the event because their dresses did not adhere to the school's dress code. But one teen boy in Johnston County, North Carolina, was reportedlyforbidden from entering the doors to his prom because he was wearing his late grandfather's kilt.
David Leix, 16, says he is proud to wear the traditional Scottish garb, which he has worn to several past formal events, WTVD reports. But when he greeted prom volunteers, he says they misunderstood the meaning of the kilt and wouldn't allow him to attend the dance until he changed his clothing.
"They started going into 'well even for dresses it's short to be a dress,' I was being quiet, 'OK we're calling it a dress. That's not what it is," Leix told WTVD. Leix added that calling a kilt a dress is extremely offensive.
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Leix took a date to the "Praise Prom," which is a Christian alternative event for students who are homeschooled. According to the organization's website, the dress code for boys is "pants," and jeans, shorts, and baggy pants are not acceptable.
Leix's mother, Hillary Leix, says no one called to notify her about what had happened and her son was only allowed to go to prom after someone brought him a pair of black pants so he could change out of his kilt. As a result, he missed two hours of prom.
"I feel like his prom night was tarnished by the whole thing," Hillary Leix told WTVD.
Leix isn't the first teen to be told he couldn't wear a kilt to prom. In 2012, William Carruba, who was a student at Granite City High School in Illinois, boycotted his school district's decision not to allow him to wear a traditional kilt because they compared it to dressing in drag, reports the Daily Mail. In 2005, a Missouri student named Nathan Warmack inspired more than 1,500 people to sign an online petition asking his high school to apologize to him after his request to wear a kilt to prom was denied.
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Leix says he likely won't attend prom next year, but that he would like his negative experience to result in change.
"I want to see it changed to where any ethnic thing, if it's a kilt or any other ethnicity where you're from, who you are should be able to be worn," he said.
WTVD says it contacted a person listed as the host of Praise Prom but has not heard back.
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