SEMMES, Alabama (WALA) - Graduating from high school is one of life's major milestones.
"Really hurts me that she is going to miss it," said Derba Armistead.
Debra Armistead's daughter Samantha is a senior at Mary G. Montgomery in Semmes. She is in danger of not walking across the stage to accept her diploma, and it has nothing to do with grades.
As of Friday afternoon, May 13, the school's policy is that girls wear dresses and boys wear pants if they want to participate in graduation activities.
Debra Armistead said her daughter doesn't wear dresses and hasn't since she was 8 years old.
"We've asked if she could be allowed to wear pants similar to boys, and we were told girls wear dresses, not slacks," said Armistead.
FOX10 asked to speak to MGM's principal George Romano but was told he wasn't doing interviews or providing information.
A school assistant confirmed the policy governing graduation attire: that girls must wear a dress.
Armistead said she is standing up for her daughter and others. Critics argue, "Why not just wear a dress?"
"It's really easy to say that when that's not you or your child, and it doesn't seem like that big of a deal. But you see pain in her eyes," shared Armistead.
Armistead said it will be painful not watching her daughter walk. She hopes the policy is changed.
The Mobile County Public School System Spokesperson, Marcia McNeal, said graduation dress code is up to each individual school.
FOX10 called several Mobile County Public High Schools and found the same result: girls must wear a dress and boys must wear pants.
FOX10 also called the Baldwin County School System to find out if girls are required to wear dresses during graduation. The answer was "no".
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