Midstate girl barred from prom for wearing tux invited to York school's prom

Written by Angie Mason, York Daily Record | May 10, 2016 10:40 AM

(York) -- A high school student who wasn't allowed into her own prom because she wore a suit is welcome at William Penn Senior High School's prom -- whatever she's wearing, according to school officials.

Brandon Carter, principal at William Penn, said social studies teacher Maggie Mafnas brought him the idea of inviting Bishop McDevitt High School student Aniya Wolf to the prom at the York school.

According to the Associated Press, Aniya said she was thrown out of the prom because she defied a last-minute email saying girls must wear dresses and instead wore a suit to her prom. The school, in Harrisburg, said the dress code, including that girls must wear dresses, was sent out months ago, according to the AP. Aniya said she's a lesbian who has worn a shirt and pants to school all three years she has attended.

Carter said that when Mafnas asked if William Penn could invite Wolf, he said absolutely. It's a great gesture, he said, and shows what William Penn is all about.

"We do embrace all," he said.

Mafnas said that when she saw a news report about Aniya, she couldn't believe it.

"We've had many students that have worn whatever they felt comfortable in ... it was just never an issue," she said.

Mafnas said she spoke to Aniya Monday evening and she accepted the invitation. Mafnas said it's a good opportunity to show students that if they see someone being excluded and can do something about it, they should.

"They're really excited about it," she said.

William Penn's prom is May 21.

This story comes to us as part of a partnership between WITF and the York Daily Record.

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