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High School Senior Arrested For Attending Prom Dressed as Woman

May 2, 1993

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) _ A high school student was arrested for trespassing Saturday night when he showed up at his prom dressed as a woman.

Brett Martin, 18, said he was charged with criminal trespass when he arrived at Knoxville High School wearing the red, sequined, spaghetti-strapped dress his sister, Jennifer Leslie, had worn to her prom the year before. His sister also loaned him a wig and helped him with his makeup, Martin said.

″Everybody knew it was just a joke,″ he added.

Officer Sam Nichols of the Knoxville Police Department confirmed charges were filed, but declined to discuss the matter further.

″I contacted the chief and he said to refer everything to the school district,″ Nichols said. Calls to school superintendent Randy Flack were not immediately returned.

Martin said he and a friend, Terry Massick, decided to go as a couple after Massick’s date backed out on Monday. The prom is one of the biggest events of the year in Knoxville, a city of 8,100, said Martin’s father, Rodney Martin.

Brett Martin said school officials learned of the plan Friday.

″They asked me, ‘Why do you want to do this?’ I said ‘I really don’t see anything wrong with it. People are going to enjoy it.’ It wasn’t really that big of a deal. They never said, ’Don’t do this,‴ Martin said.

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