The youngster's night was ruined after she overheard some of the chaperoning parents laughing at her and calling her "suit girl."
A primary school student from Leeds, United Kingdom, was reportedly left in tears after she overheard some parents making fun of the outfit she chose for prom. According to Mirror, 11-year-old Mischa Parker had picked out a smart black suit and matching bow tie for the big night at Fountain Primary School and was quite excited about it. However, the girl's mother, Tamara Auty, revealed that the youngster's night was ruined after she overheard some of the chaperoning parents laughing at her and calling her "suit girl." Distraught by the cruel experience, Mischa is said to have immediately texted her mom and asked her to pick her up early.
All power to Mischa and her supportive friends and family✊🏼 https://t.co/qKo3utFlLe— Sups Like a Sumerian. (@jamesksowerby) August 8, 2021
"I think it was an attack on her individuality, I work in mental health myself I just think it was really disgusting," said Auty, a 33-year-old from Morley, Leeds. "When I was 11 I had no idea who I was, but Mischa has always known who she is and what she likes. 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. 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?"
That is sad, her friends accepted it, why couldn’t the parents, so cruel, hope they’re ashamed of themselves— barbara heane (@barbaraheane) August 8, 2021
"Why try and knock a child down for that?" the upset mother asked. The support worker revealed that Mischa purchased the suit at H&M last week during a special shopping trip with her younger brother Thomas. "She did end up going into the boys' section and got a dickie bow as they suited her a bit more," said Auty. "She'd known if she was going to any function she'd be wearing a suit. She looked absolutely amazing and stylish." She added that on the long-awaited day of prom, Mischa was excited for the party to celebrate finishing primary school, following a tough school year for students across the world.
She looks very elegant and should not be embarrassed at standing out from the crowd— Colin Peter Bourne (@cpbourne) August 8, 2021
"I'd 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," said Auty. "She was a little bit nervous but felt really good, she really liked the suit. 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."
Furious mum blasts ‘cruel’ parents after daughter taunted for wearing a suit to prom https://t.co/Zl4JQUTvwA— The Sun (@TheSun) August 8, 2021
Auty revealed that unlike the insensitive parents at the event, Mischa's friends had showered her with praise before they entered the party together. "All her mates were saying you look amazing, you look gorgeous," the mother-of-two explained. "I asked her if she wanted me to stay and she said no you can go." However, a couple of hours later, Auty received a distressing text from her daughter asking her to pick her up from school immediately and bring her home. "Mischa is normally not very cuddly, doesn't really show emotion, doesn’t really get upset easily," Auty revealed.
There are many things in this world we don’t like but when adults humiliate and belittle children, when they bully and insult they are the pits. Cowards and child abusers is what they are. A child is precious, our future and this can do great damage. It’s an insult to parenthood— Allan (@AllanFawcett2) August 9, 2021
"She's just quite a strong character. When I got to prom I cuddled her and she just burst into tears and said 'I need to get out of here,'" she added. Once she was safely back home, Mischa revealed why she'd left prom in such a hurry, and Auty was left fuming at the rude remarks made by the other parents. "Some of the adults who had stayed at prom called her 'suit girl' and sniggered," she said. "Every time she was walking past these parents she could hear them commenting and laughing. 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."
Not sure why people surprised, if you listen to young kids who bully you will realise most of it comes from what they have heard from their parents. If they said this about someone else's child imagine what they say to their own.— Tracy (@Tracy40210159) August 8, 2021
Now, Auty is hoping to raise awareness about what happened to her child so that no other children will have to go through what Mischa did. "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," she said. "You expect it to be more the kids. If she had gone to prom in a dress she would've been uncomfortable, why should she not be happy? I think she's brave for being who she is. Be who you are and celebrate who you are, don't be torn down for standing out."