While the MA Legislature is passing laws to stop bullying at school, the Itawamba County school board in Mississippi is encouraging it by making 1 student responsible for them canceling the Prom. They canceled the Senior Prom because 1 student a young lady wanted to wear a Tux and bring her girlfriend (both young ladies are gay)
This young lady approached the Principle asking if this was okay but when the Principal contacted the school board she was told no. When her parents contacted the ACLU who threatened a Law suit instead of giving in they cancelled the Prom.
Now the young lady is getting treated rather badly at school by the other seniors who are blaming her for the canceled Prom.
A school board statement said it wouldn’t host the event in Fulton, “due to the distractions to the educational process caused by recent events” but never mentioned McMillen. The decision came after the American Civil Liberties Union demanded that officials change a policy banning same-sex prom dates because it violated students’ rights. And the ACLU said the district not letting McMillen wear a tuxedo violated her free expression rights.
The ACLU filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Oxford to force the school district to sponsor the prom and allow McMillen to bring whom she chooses and wear what she wants. Same-sex prom dates and cross-dressing are new issues for many high schools around the country, said Daryl Presgraves, a spokesman for GLSEN: Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, a Washington-based advocacy group.
“A lot of schools actually react rather than do the research and find out what the rights of these students are,” said Presgraves, who was preparing to facilitate a discussion about anti-gay bullying at a National Association of Secondary School Principals meeting.
U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., said a bill he’s introduced in Congress would protect students such as McMillen. Polis said the measure would make it illegal to discriminate against gay and lesbian school students. He said his bill is modeled after similar laws in at least 10 states.
“This situation with the prom is a perfect example of why we need to protect students from discrimination. In this case it’s a prom. It other cases, it’s getting beaten up or killed,” Polis said
What is this school board thinking? Why MUST the date be of the opposite sex? So if you can’t find a date you can’t bring a friend? The Prom is a night for Seniors to enjoy regardless of sexual orientation and for the board to cancel and make this student a target for bullying is irresponsible and they should all be dismissed and a new board selected.