Nine-year-old Cady Mansell missed her First Communion because the priest at her family's church wouldn't let her wear a suit.
"The priest told us we are raising our daughter wrong and that we should make her dress feminine because she doesn't have the brain development and maturity to make decisions about how to dress," Cady's mom Chris explained on Facebook.
Wait what? See, Cady was supposed to make her First Communion on October 1st, and originally there was no dress code for the event. So the little girl—who has had an affinity for suits and ties since the age of four—chose to wear an amazing white pantsuit.
But then last week, Chris and her husband received a copy of a new dress code and were called into school for a meeting, where they were told that if Cady wanted participate in the First Communion event she would need to be in a dress. The only other option was for her to receive First Communion in private. Which meant she couldn't sit with her classmates and couldn't participate in any group photos. They would basically pretend like she didn't even exist.
This is just so awful!
First of all, how incredible does Cady look in that suit? And second of all, Chris is right—making children feel bad about being different IS how you create bullies, addicts, and suicide victims.
Not surprisingly, the family has now left the church. And of course, it was only a matter of time before Cady's story went viral, after being picked up by Pantsuit Nation and shared more than 60,000 times.
"Originally I just wanted to tell Cady's story," Chris explained in a recent update. "To be her voice, to give her thoughts and feelings a platform. Now she has the chance to make a change."
So incredible. Way to stand up for your daughter and show her how to be strong, Chris! We see big things ahead for this one. Bravo to both of you!
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