Controversy is erupting after a Fulton, MS, high school cancelled the prom shortly after a student requested to bring a same-sex date.
The Itawamba County School District in Mississippi and the Itawamba Agricultural High School in particular received a lot of unwanted attention recently when officials decided to cancel the annual prom. It was allegedly canceled when two lesbian students announced their intention to attend together.
ACLU attorney Christine Sun told CNN,”We are determined to get the prom back on the calendar and open to all students… What this case comes down to is the school taking the extraordinary measure of canceling the prom, rather than live up to its legal obligation to fairly treat all students who want to come to it.”
School officials sent students a note the first week of February that stated prom dates must be of the opposite sex. Court documents also show that the district’s superintendent told Constance McMillen, 18, that only males could wear tuxedos to the event. McMillen said, “I never thought the school would try to cancel the prom and hurt everyone just to keep me and my girlfriend from going together.”
The ACLU will argue its case before a federal judge on March 22.
Funny how girls can still go to a prom together if they can’t get dates, but not if they like each other.