Friday, March 12, 2010

Mississippi High School that Forbade Same-sex Prom Dates Cancels Prom

Earlier this week, we wrote about a Mississippi High School that forbade a student from bringing a same-sex date and wearing a tuxedo to the prom. This student, Constance McMillen, went to the ACLU, who demanded that the high school allow Constance to bring her girlfriend and wear a tux.

The school has responded. ABC News reports that “…the school board met and issued a statement announcing it wouldn't host the event at Itawamba County Agricultural High School in Fulton, ‘due to the distractions to the educational process caused by recent events.’" They did not mention McMillen or the ACLU in the statement. The school went on to say (as quoted in the same article), “‘It is our hope that private citizens will organize an event for the juniors and seniors,’ district officials said in the statement. ‘However, at this time, we feel that it is in the best interest of the Itawamba County School District, after taking into consideration the education, safety and well being of our students.’”

So now, rather than change their policy that only opposite-sex couples may attend the prom, the high school has decided that there will be no prom for anyone.

Read the full article online here.

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