Earlier this month we learned of 18-year-old high school senior Constance McMillen’s battle to let Itawamba Agricultural High School, in rural Mississippi, bring a lesbian date to the prom (and wear a tux). The school refused, the ACLU got involved, and now rather than let two queers infest a school dance, Itawamba administrators canceled prom for all.
It’s a brainless decision — the very type you’d think a school would be smart enough not to make. In announcing its decision, the school said in a statement, “Due to the distractions to the educational process caused by recent events, the Itawamba County School District has decided to not host a prom at Itawamba Agricultural High School this year.” In that same statement? They encouraged the community to organize its own private prom. The type that can freely bar the gays.
Meanwhile, rather than have the best interests of students at heart, Itawamba just made McMillen a bigger outcast than she might have already been; her peers are certainly going to blame her for ruining their prom. When, let’s face it, the only thing that ruins prom is sobriety.