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Single mom forbidden by school from attending father-daughter dance dressed as a man

March 29, 2017

Amy Peterson, a single mother from Georgia, said that her 6-year-old daughter, Gracie, had endured teasing from other students at her school because of the absence of her father. So when Gracie told her that her elementary school was having a father-daughter dance, Peterson offered to dress like a man and play the part of dad herself.

“To me, I’ve identified myself as her father and her mother because that’s what I’ve done for six years,” Peterson told ABC affiliate WSB. “She was okay with it. She was excited that her friends were going to get to see this.”

Peterson said she filed paperwork with the school notifying them of her plans a month ahead of the dance, only for the school to finally contact her last Friday — just an hour before the dance was scheduled to begin.

“She [the principal] said, ‘No. I forbid you to come and if you show up we will turn you away,’” Peterson recalled. “How do you explain that to a 6-year-old? You can’t go to a dance because you don’t have a male role model in your life?”

The Henry County school district has defended the decision, arguing that “there are multiple parent engagement events and opportunities to participate [in].” From Peterson’s perspective, however, the elementary school had shown the same maturity as many of its attendees, effectively bullying her daughter for not having a father.

“They’re already being bullied,” said Peterson. “Why be bullied by the school, too?’

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