The school district has announced that a former Texas homecoming queen won't be allowed to go back to her high-school to crown her successor, because she wore an embroidered stole to represent her Mexican heritage at her graduation ceremony last May.
Kayleigh Craddock, the current homecoming queen, is at Brazosport High School, located in Freeport, Texas. This Gulf Coast town is about an hour away from Galveston. Cynthia Vasquez told CNN that the 18-year old was excited to be returning to her high school on Friday to continue the tradition of crowning a new Homecoming Queen.
Vasquez explained that the excitement quickly faded when she received a call from the principal of the school informing the family that Kayleigh would no longer be allowed to attend the homecoming dance because she had worn a stole that represented her Mexican heritage at her graduation in May.
Brazosport Independent Schools District shared a statement with CNN in which it said that students were informed about the dress code prior to the graduation ceremony.
The statement stated that the student refused to follow the dress code. The statement said that the student was the homecoming queen of last year. However, due to his insubordination during the graduation ceremony in May last year, he was not invited to return and participate in this year's crowning of the Homecoming Queen.
Vasquez denies that her daughter was instructed to remove the stole. She told CNN that Kayleigh Craddock was last in line at graduation and the teacher who spoke to her about the stole instructed Craddock to tuck the stole into her gown.
Craddock is now a first-year student at Sam Houston State University. She told CNN affiliate KHOU she was proud to wear her stole when accepting her diploma.
I wanted to represent my own culture. She said, 'I love being Mexican and will always be proud. She said that if they had told her she couldn't use the stole, she would have taken it off.
She told KHOU that she would not have brought the item if it were against dress code.
CNN has reached out for a response from Craddock.
Vasquez says she remembers that other students who graduated also wore stoles, and feels Kayleigh has been singled out.
She also believes that the school should have informed the family sooner about its decision.
She's like: "Mom, I already bought everything." She asked, 'What now? All this money...
Vasquez says she has contacted the school district, but so far no response. She hopes that the school district and school will change their stance in the days leading up to homecoming.
Vasquez isn't the first Texas parent who has spoken out against a district's dress codes. Darresha and Darryl George filed a federal lawsuit last week against Texas state leaders who failed to enforce the CROWN Act. This law protects against discrimination based on hair.
Darryl George (17) has been suspended for weeks because his locs are in violation of the Barbers Hills Independent School District dress code policy. The family claims that his hairstyle is protected under the CROWN Act of California because locs have been 'commonly and historically associated with race.