Mother slams ‘disgusting’ parents who mocked her daughter, 11, with cruel laughs and name-calling after she wore a suit to her primary school prom
- Mischa Parker, 11, from Leeds, chose to wear a suit to her primary school prom
- Her evening was ruined when parents of other pupils started making fun of her
- Overheard some of the chaperoning parents laughing and calling her ‘suit girl’
- Mother Tamara Auty, 33, was furious after hearing about cruel jibes from parents
A furious mother has slammed ‘disgusting’ parents who taunted her 11-year-old daughter with cruel jibes after she turned up to her primary school prom wearing a suit.
Instead of wearing a dress, Mischa Parker, 11, from Leeds, chose to wear a smart black dinner jacket with matching trousers and a bow tie to a party at Fountain Primary School.
But after hearing some of the chaperoning parents laughing and mocking her outfit, calling her ‘suit girl’, she was so mortified she called mother Tamara Auty, 33, and asked her to pick her up early from Friday’s party.
Tamara said the behaviour had been ‘an attack on Mischa’s individuality’, arguing: ‘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? Why try and knock a child down for that?’
A furious mother has slammed ‘disgusting’ parents who taunted Mischa Parker, 11, from Leeds, with cruel jibes after she turned up to her primary school prom wearing a suit
Last Wednesday, Mischa, her mum and her brother Thomas, nine, went shopping to choose an outfit for her school prom.
Support worker Tamara added: ‘She did end up going into the boys’ section and got a dickie bow as they suited her a bit more.
‘She’d known if she was going to any function she’d be wearing a suit. She looked absolutely amazing and stylish.’
All the family thought she looked great, and the little girl started to get excited for the party the next day, to celebrate her finishing primary school.
Mischa, pictured with her mum Tamara Auty, 33, and her brother Thomas, nine, was devastated when she overheard some of the chaperoning parents laughing and calling her ‘suit girl’
Her mum said: ‘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.
‘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.’
Afraid to walk in alone, Mischa waited for her friends before going into the school and was delighted when they showered her with praise.
‘All her mates were saying you look amazing, you look gorgeous,’ said mum-of-two Tamara. I asked her if she wanted me to stay and she said no.’
Tamara said Mischa’s decision to wear a suit was ‘quite a big thing’ for her daughter, who felt ‘nervous’ walking into prom in the outfit
But a couple of hours later, Tamara received an upsetting text from her daughter asking to come and pick her up.
‘Mischa normally not very cuddly, doesn’t really show emotion, doesn’t really get upset easily’, said Tamara. ‘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”.’
After arriving back home, Tamara followed her distraught daughter to her bedroom and asked her what had happened.
She said: ‘Some of the adults who had stayed at prom called her ‘suit girl’ and sniggered.
Tamara said that Mischa isn’t a ‘girly girl’ but had worried about whether she should change the way she dresses after she was mocked at the event
‘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”.’
Tamara said: ‘I think it was an attack on her individuality, I work in mental health myself I just think it was really disgusting.’
‘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 think it was an attack on her individuality, I work in mental health myself I just think it was really disgusting.’
Tamara wants to raise awareness of what happened to her child to prevent other children being hurt in the future.
She said: ‘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. You expect it to be more the kids.
‘If she had gone to prom in a dress she would’ve been unconformable, 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.’
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