Instead of letting 18-year-old senior Constance McMillen wear a tux and bring a female date to the prom, Itawamba Agricultural High School canceled prom for everyone. Because of all the negative attention! And in a statement to parents and students, administrators encouraged other folks to come up with their own (private) prom, of which they could easily exclude the fags. And as we expected, instead of fostering a welcoming environment for queer students, Itawamba’s administrators are helping bring the wrath of the student body against McMillen.
The teenager said she reluctantly returned to school this week after deciding that prolonging her return would only make things worse. “My daddy told me that I needed to show them that I’m still proud of who I am,” she told The Associated Press. “The fact that this will help people later on, that’s what’s helping me to go on.” But she said some of her classmates now blamed her for the event being cancelled. “Somebody said, ‘Thanks for ruining my senior year’,” she said. McMillen said she never expected the college to ditch the event because the school community had invested so much time and effort into making it happen.
The ACLU, which involved itself when McMillen was initially told she couldn’t bring a same-sex date, is still threatening to sue — over the school opting to cancel prom. Might we suggest the ACLU also ask a judge to get the school district to pay for her tux, too? And not just a rental — purchase the thing for her outright.
(In the meantime, her Facebook support group has swelled to 45,000 fans. The group dedicated to opposing Constance’s right to bring her girlfriend to prom stands at zero members, because there isn’t one.)
UPDATE: McMillen and her ACLU attorney Christine Sun appeared on The Early Show this morning.