Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Lesbian Student A Victim Of Prom Deception

Constance McMillen (left) wanted to bring her date to the prom. Her date, though, was another girl at Itawamba Agricultural High School in Fulton, Mississippi. The district cancelled the event rather than allow them to attend together. A federal judge in the state then ruled that Constance's rights were violated. He didn't force the district to hold the prom, because he thought that school parents were holding a private event to which the two girls would be invited. He had no idea of the lengths they were going in order to cruelly fool the two:

To avoid Constance McMillen bringing a female date to her prom, the teen was sent to a "fake prom" while the rest of her class partied at a secret location at an event organized by parents.

McMillen tells The Advocate that a parent-organized prom happened behind her back — she and her date were sent to a Friday night event at a country club in Fulton, Miss., that attracted only five other students. Her school principal and teachers served as chaperones, but clearly there wasn't much to keep an eye on.

McMillen's fellow students colluded in this shameful deception:

"They had two proms and I was only invited to one of them," McMillen says. "The one that I went to had seven people there, and everyone went to the other one I wasn’t invited to."

Last week McMillen asked one of the students organizing the prom for details about the event, and was directed to the country club. "It hurts my feelings," McMillen says.

Knowing what it is like to be an outsider, McMillen displayed a natural sensitivity for two other students at the "fake prom":

Two students with learning difficulties were among the seven people at the country club event, McMillen recalls. "They had the time of their lives," McMillen says. "That's the one good thing that come out of this, [these kids] didn't have to worry about people making fun of them [at their prom]."

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