READINGTON, N.J. (AP) — A school board in New Jersey has scheduled a special meeting to review a dress code that bans girls from wearing strapless dresses to an eighth-grade dance off school grounds.

The board on Wednesday night says it will respond to an appeal by parents of the Readington Middle School students.

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Some parents criticized principal Sharon Moffat when she prohibited the dresses for a June dance because she said they distract boys. Some parents said such a statement was sexist while others said they had already purchased their daughters’ dresses.

Many parents said it’s up to them, not the principal, to determine what their children wear.

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Meanwhile, the district canceled a dance last Friday after it said a threat was made against the principal “from overseas” that was not considered credible.

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