End of school proms have become a huge school tradition in the UK since Brits adopted the celebratory event from across the pond.
Students look forward to the day, often taking weeks to plan what outfit they’ll wear.
But for one 11-year-old girl, the day turned into a nightmare when her unconventional ensemble became a laughing stock.
Mischa Parker was ridiculed by the parents of children at her primary school when she attended the prom in a full suit and dickie bow, Hull Live reports.
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Parents at the prom ridiculed the 11-year-old for her outfit
(Image: Tamara Auty)
The 11-year-old pupil overheard chaperoning mums and dads laughing and calling her ‘suit girl’ during the event.
Mischa’s mother Tamara Auty, 33, then received a text from her daughter which read: “can you pick me up”, after the youngster had become too upset by the mean comments from parents to enjoy the night.
The mum said: “I think it was an attack on her individuality. I work in mental health myself; I just think it was really disgusting.
“Me at 11, I had no idea who I was, but Mischa has always known who she is and what she likes.”
When she arrived to pick up Mischa, Tamara told Hull Live that her daughter broke down and burst into tears.
Tamara explained: “Some of the adults who had stayed at prom called her ‘suit girl’ and sniggered.
“Every time she was walking past these parents, she could hear them commenting and laughing.
Mischa looked forward to wearing her suit and bow to the primary school prom
(Image: Tamara Auty)
“She said, ‘do you think I should change my fashion?’ as she normally wears more boys gendered clothing like hoodies and baggy trousers.
“I said no, you be who you are.”
On August 4, Mischa’s family including her mother and her brother Thomas, 9, went to H&M to choose an outfit for the long awaited event.
Mischa’s mum said: “I’d taken her shopping the day before, and she was really excited trying it on.
“She was a bit nervous, hoping nobody laughed at her. She did end up going into the boys’ section and got a dickie bow as they suited her a bit more.
“She’d known if she was going to any function, she’d be wearing a suit. She looked absolutely amazing and stylish.”
The mum-of-two wants to raise awareness of what happened to her child to prevent other children being hurt in the future.
The 33-year-old said: “I just think that children should be allowed to express themselves – why should my daughter be made to feel bad about the way she likes to dress?
I straightened her hair for her, she’d put a bit of mascara on, nails painted black, and normally she doesn’t bother with makeup or do anything with her hair.
“She was a little bit nervous but felt really good; she really liked the suit.
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“She had been knocked down recently confidence-wise, so it was quite a big thing for her to wear the suit as she hates dresses. She’s not a girly-girl.”
Before heading into the prom at Fountain Primary School, the 11-year-old waited for her friends outside and when they saw her outfit they all complimented her telling her she looked amazing.
Tamara expressed how her experience of working with people who have been bullied made her feel disappointed in the parents who mocked her daughter.
The 33-year-old said: “I work with people in crisis, I see people who are affected by bullying, and I just think it’s disgusting, especially with adults who know better.
“You expect it to be more the kids.”
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