Did Mississippi School Trick Lesbian Student With ‘Fake Prom’?
Posted on Apr 5, 2010
The American Civil Liberties Union is investigating the possibility that Mississippi’s Itawamba County Agricultural High School sent lesbian student Constance McMillen and her date to a separate prom, not the one reportedly attended by many of the other students from her school last weekend.
McMillen and the ACLU had made headlines with their fight for the high schooler’s right to take her girlfriend to the prom, which apparently led to a “parent-sponsored, private prom,” according to The Advocate, but that might not have been the party McMillen went to, along with just a handful of other students, in the end. —KA
The prom that McMillen and her date attended on Friday, held at a country club in Fulton, Miss., was sparsely attended, according to Chris Hampton of the American Civil Liberties Union.
“We don’t know whether it was a fake prom or not; McMillen and her date got there and most of the people chaperoning the prom appeared to be school staff and there were only seven other students from her school there,” Hampton says. “We’ve heard rumors [that another prom was being held at another location] but we’re trying to find out.”
AP / Rogelio V. Solis
Constance McMillen, an 18-year-old senior at Itawamba County Agricultural High School, gestures as she leaves the federal courthouse in Aberdeen, Miss., on March 22 after a hearing on the ACLU’s effort to force her high school to hold a prom that had been canceled.