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(AP) READINGTON, NJ -- Some parents are upset that a New Jersey principal has banned girls

from wearing strapless dresses to an eighth grade dance.

Mother Charlotte Nijenhuis tells the Courier News of Bridgewater she spoke

to the Readington Middle School principal, who told her such dresses

distract boys.

Nijenhuis says it's neither a woman's nor a girl's responsibility to control

 a man's or boy's behavior.

Melissa May says she would not allow her daughter to wear something that she

 felt was inappropriate.

Parents and students packed Tuesday night's school board meeting to give the

 superintendent an earful. They say the principal banned strapless dresses

because she says it's a distraction for the boys and inappropriate for this

age group. Some say that they should just let parents do the parenting.

"This is new. We haven't seen this in the last 6 years. They've always been

permitted to wear strapless dresses," said parent Charlotte Nijenhuis.

Principal Sharon Moffet had no comment for Eyewitness News, but some parents

 defended her decision.

"My dress is modest. It's not revealing whatsoever. I don't want to waste my

 money just because I bought a dress that doesn't have straps," said student

 Rachel Griffin.

"It's not about a dress code, it's about respecting authority. This is what

they decided to do, do it," said parent Philip Ritter.

In the end, board members agreed they will over the dress code and consider

students and parents opinions when they make a final decision.

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