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Powerlifter Suspended For Dirty Dancing In His Prom Dress - MTV NEWS

5.12.2005 8:44 AM EDT

Athlete hit with ticket and three-day suspension, banned from final track meet.
Kerry Lofy speaks to reporters on Wednesday
Photo: CBS News

If anything, school administrators should have suspended Kerry Lofy for crimes against fashion.

The six-foot tall, 185 pound senior at Lake Geneva Badger High in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, thought it would be funny to show up to his prom on Saturday in a slinky dress, but when he started droppin' it like it's hot, administrators pulled the plug on his cross-dressing goof.

According to The Associated Press, the 18-year-old member of the school's track, skiing, soccer and powerlifting teams was slapped with a $249 ticket for disorderly conduct, suspended for three days and banned from his final track meet over the incident.

The school's district administrator said the harsh penalties weren't just for the dress, but also because Lofy was dancing in a "sexually suggestive" manner, according to the police report on the incident.

Lofy doesn't deny he was a sight. When the strapping athlete showed up in a black, stretchy spaghetti-strap dress, a blond wig, open-toed platform sandals, blue earrings and a necklace, teachers wouldn't let him in the door. So he left, put a plaid leisure suit over the getup and was admitted. Once inside, he took the suit off and began busting moves during a dance-off.

Lofy, a young man who clearly has a sense of humor about the situation, told the AP that he was just trying to fit in. "I thought it would be more appropriate for there to be one person dressed like a girl and a person dressed like a guy than for there to be two guys to go," he said.

School administrators didn't balk at him coming to the prom with another boy, but the combination of the dress and the dirty dancing did him in. Once the provocative dancing began, a security guard grabbed Lofy and escorted him out of the party. When Lofy arrived at school on Monday, a police liaison issued the disorderly conduct ticket.

Though the battle between students and school officials over sexually suggestive dancing has been waged in many high schools (see "Dip It Low? I Don't Think So, Says One High School Principal"), Lofy doesn't believe his moves were the real problem.

"The whole night was that kind of dancing," he explained. "They can't single me out and say, 'Oh it was you, it was only you.' I think it's over the dress."

"They thought I was mocking the school," Lofy said.

— Gil Kaufman

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