Administrators at Stanton College Prep High School in Jacksonville, Florida are struggling to put out a firestorm of controversy over some very ill-advised flyers advising "good girls" on how they should dress at next week's prom. An image of the flyers was shared on Twitter by student Lily Willingham, where it's been getting a lot of attention. And not the good kind.
Good thing they told us a week before prom it's not like everyone has their dress already....... pic.twitter.com/3nOKhSTu4R— Lily (@LILwillingham) March 27, 2017
In less than two days, Willingham's post has been retweeted almost 2,000 times. Hundreds of fellow students and strangers of like are giving her their support, while simultaneously ripping this flyer apart for apparently time-traveling from the 1950s.
"good girl" this is absolutely disgusting and insulting to all the intelligent young ladies who attend this school https://t.co/kgLBXI0MhI— cam (@camrynDAMNico) March 27, 2017
Stanton College Prep, Jax FL— Cooper Connelly (@Coop_Connelly) March 28, 2017
#1 in the state
#3 in the region
#6 in the nation
last in respect #scpgoodgirl
@LILwillingham "good girl" wtf this is so creepy the fact that it's probably a school administrator jo wrote this makes it even worse— Dany (@avatarsato) March 27, 2017
Once the school administration was informed, they knew they were in trouble. They took down the flyers, releasing a statement to apologize and explain that they were the work of some rogue administrator who was not following school policy. And while they didn't sell that body-shamer out by name, they did basically throw them under the bus.
The display of prom dress photos at Stanton College Prep is not appropriate or an approved policy. Images were removed on Mon. #SCPgoodgirl— DCPS (@DuvalSchools) March 28, 2017
Here's DCPS's full statement:
The display of prom dress photos pertaining to recommended attire at Stanton College Preparatory School is not an approved policy by the school or Duval County Public Schools. The displayed images were immediately removed by school leadership on Monday. Both students and staff have been informed this was not acceptable or appropriate guidance for prom dress attire.
At least this story has a satisfying ending. But the true battle won't be won until no one uses the phrase "good girl" ever again.