UPDATE: The ACLU has now filed the lawsuit in light of the cancellation. I guess we have another case where filling in the municipal swimming pool to keep blacks out of it didn’t work.
Constance McMillan wanted to take her date to her high school prom. Her school district not only told her “no”, they canceled the entire prom as a result.
Constance is gay.
The school district is in Itawamba County, Mississippi.
A perfect storm.
The school policy requires prom dates to be of the opposite sex. The ACLU had given the district until yesterday to change the policy or face a lawsuit. Rather than face the lawsuit or allow a lesbian (gasp!) within their midst, the school district took the head-up-the-ass attitude that it became necessary to destroy the prom to save it.
Said one district official:
“It is our hope that private citizens will organize an event for the juniors and seniors.”
You can also safely bet that is exactly what will happen. It will be by invitation only, and we all know which two students will not be invited. (This happened at my senior prom as well in 1973; the local country club had a private party, and “undesirables”–blacks, long-haired types like me, and “trash”–didn’t get invited.)
Drop the school superintendent a nicely-worded, concise email or letter, or give her a call, and let her know that doing this will not make the situation go away.
Teresa McNeece – superintendent
phone (662)862-2159 Ext. 14