Mischa Parker in the suit she wore to her primary school prom (Image: Tamara Auty / SWNS)
Mischa Parker picked the attire for Friday’s party to reflect her “individuality”. However, she overheard some of the chaperoning parents laughing and calling her “suit girl” at Fountain Primary School in Morley, Leeds.
Mischa became so upset with the vile comments she called mum Tamara Auty, 33, and asked her to pick her up early.
Speaking to Hull Live, 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.”
Mischa picked the boys’ smart black dinner jacket with matching trousers and bow tie after trying it on in a shop last week in H&M.
“She was a bit nervous hoping nobody laughed at her,” her mum added.
“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?”
Mischa, pictured with her mum and brother, was taunted by parents at her prom (Image: Tamara Auty / SWNS)
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?
Tamara, who also has a nine-year-old son, said her daughter looked “absolutely amazing and stylish” and was disheartened with the reaction from strangers.
The mum, who is a support worker, said: “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.
“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.”
The youngster left her big night early due to the bullies (Image: Tamara Auty / SWNS)
The family, from Morley, thought Tamara looked great and she received a great deal of praise from her friends.
“All her mates were saying you look amazing, you look gorgeous,” said Tamara.
“I asked her if she wanted me to stay and she said no you can go.”
But just two hours later, Tamara received a text from her upset daughter to ask if she could collect her.
Tamara said: “Mischa’s normally not very cuddly, doesn’t really show emotion, doesn’t really get upset easily.
“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.
“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.
“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 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.”