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Should strapless gowns be banned for tweens? KLG and Hoda debate

April 24, 2013 at 11:41 AM ET

A New Jersey middle school drew protests from students and families this week after the principal decided to put an end to a scourge of visible arms at school dances.

Video: TODAY’s Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb discuss a New Jersey school’s decision to ban girls from wearing strapless dresses to a middle school dance so they won’t “distract” the boys. Hoda says she think it’s a strange decision, and KLG says you can wear a strapless dress without looking trashy.

In a letter to Readington Middle School parents, principal Sharon Moffat decreed that strapless dresses be banned at an upcoming eighth grade dance. One parent who complained to Moffat says she was told that strapless dresses "distract boys."

Many felt the move was a little outdated, or that they'd already purchased strapless dresses and had wasted their money. The school district released a statement saying that they had no plans to recant, and they "regret that small number of families are upset" by their decision.

Hoda and Kathie Lee were surprised by the move, because when you think about it, a strap doesn't cover a whole lot anyhow. KLG said she got the sentiment, but that a strap isn't going to make much of a difference in terms of exposure.

"It would apparently change how men felt if there was a tiny, skinny piece of cloth," Hoda rolled her eyes.

"Just put em in hazmat suits!" KLG suggested, adding, "I've seen some beautiful, classy strapless dresses, and some really trashy long ones."

Do you think the principal is doing the right thing, or should parents get to decide?

Julieanne Smolinski is a TODAY contributor with a prized collection of tasteful tube tops.

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