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Lesbian teen back at Miss. school after prom flap
By AP News
Thursday, March 11, 2010
An 18-year-old Mississippi lesbian student says she got some unfriendly looks from classmates when she returned to school after officials canceled the senior prom because of her request to escort her girlfriend and wear a tuxedo.
Constance McMillen says she didn't want to go back, but her father told her she needed to face her classmates and school officials in Fulton. McMillen says one student told her, "Thanks for ruining my senior year."
The Itawamba County school district announced Wednesday it wouldn't host the April 2 prom at McMillen's high school.
The decision came after the American Civil Liberties Union told officials a policy banning same-sex prom dates violated students' rights.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) _ A northern Mississippi school district will not be hosting a high school prom this spring after a lesbian student sought to attend with her girlfriend and wear a tuxedo.
The Itawamba County school district's board decided Wednesday to drop the prom because of what it called recent distractions but without specifically mentioning the girl's request, which was backed by the American Civil Liberties Union.
I can pretty much predict what Current subscribers will say about this news, but I thought it was worth sharing.
While I support the Boulder County (CO) Catholic school that banned the return of a student whose parents are lesbians because their lifestyle is directly in violation of their church teachings, I do not agree with a public school cancelling a school function because a couple of lesbians will attend.
Why? It's quite simple: public schools are PUBLIC, and need to stay out of issues of "morality" and simply stick to teaching their students, ensuring their safety, and don't need to get into issues of sexuality--whether that means being forced into teaching about homosexuality and masturbation etc, or by telling students they have to be accompanied by a partner of a specific gender.
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