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Indiana Church Denies First Communion to Girl Who Wanted to Wear a Suit

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    Cady Mansell in a white pants suit, which she hoped to wear to her first Holy Communion.

    A 9-year-old girl wasn't able to participate in her first Holy Communion because she wanted to wear a suit.

    "They said, 'We're hearing rumors so we want to know what she's wearing,'" the girl's mother, Chris Mansell said, adding that she felt the school's newly issued dress code requiring all girls to wear long sleeve white dresses was created to single her daughter out.

    Her daughter, Cady, has a wardrobe that includes bow ties, suspenders, and a tailored Isaac Mizrahi crushed velvet ensemble that makes her look like Beetlejuice.

    Cady proudly wears her suits for school pictures, daddy-daughter dances and to mass almost every Sunday. So her mom said she was shocked when the priest at St. John the Evangelist School in St. John, Indiana, told her that Cady could not participate in her first Holy Communion if she wore a suit.