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SCORE: Constance McMillen’s Old High School Pays Up $35k, Creates Non-Discrimination Policy

Itawamba County School District, which refused to let Constance McMillen attend her own high school prom, and then allegedly aided in creating a separate private prom that Constance wasn’t invited to, is settling charges filed against it by Constance and the ACLU, according to a release.

Constance will receive $35k in damages and attorneys fees while Itawamba will institute a non-discrimination policy that includes sexuality orientation and gender identity — the first school, notes the ACLU, to do so in Mississippi.

Technically, this falls into the “win” column: Constance succeeded in having her school confess its sins and pay her for failing one of its students (though really, it failed all of its students). And while Constance did manage to graduate from another high school a tad more accepting, and did get to dance at a number of proms, and did get to serve as grand marshal in gay pride parades, and did become a beacon of hope for all queer teens, she was also a high school senior victimized by her own school, and that’s never something to be happy about.

By:           editor editor
On:           Jul 20, 2010
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  • 12 Comments
    • Jackal
      Jackal

      They need to fire most of the Itawamba County School District administration – those responsible for the decisions to discriminate. From a business stand point, those people cost the school $35K + their own attorney fees. And, of course, they caused the rest of the country to see them as the petty, backwater bigots they are.

      Jul 20, 2010 at 10:14 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam
      Cam

      I still LOVED the anti-gay people who would come on here to post against Constance, and their big insult to her was “She’s just looking for attention!”.

      Well yeah, the only way bigotry like what that school did, can survive is if nobody notices. Good for Constance for bringing attention to the narrowminded baswards attitudes in that school. Hopefully in the future, the students will have some kind of realization of just what terrible people they were in High School.

      Jul 20, 2010 at 12:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jeff K.
      Jeff K.

      Too bad I only decided to come out in college. I could be rich right now!

      Jul 20, 2010 at 3:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • RomanHans
      RomanHans

      Right on, Jeff K.!

      Well, unless people harassed you so much you killed yourself. But otherwise it could have been really cool!

      Jul 20, 2010 at 4:44 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • S
      S

      @Cam:

      “Hopefully in the future, the students will have some kind of realization of just what terrible people they were in High School.”

      That would be nice. But I doubt it.

      Jul 20, 2010 at 5:06 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kev C
      Kev C

      $35,000? Not enough. Should include punitive damages.

      Jul 20, 2010 at 5:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Aaron in Honolulu
      Aaron in Honolulu

      YYYYAAAAYYYYY!!!!! She wins in the end!!! A big FUCK YOU to all her haters.

      Jul 20, 2010 at 7:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • samthor
      samthor

      if this makes other schools think twice before discriminating and sanctioning discrimination against LGBTQ students, it will be worth it.
      thank you Constance & ACLU

      Jul 21, 2010 at 10:41 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TBA
      TBA

      Well, another celebtity martyr for the alternative to straight sex crowd to swoon over.To make the people of this district pay
      for administrations mistake of a bad choice is basically not going to win many friends for the LG crowd.But then anyone who is straight and has worked with LG know they are not really very social with straight society and also not very accepting themselves and really like it that way as it would ruin the mystique and underground cult like status they both embrace and
      shun when it’s to their advantage.

      Jul 21, 2010 at 12:35 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam
      Cam

      @TBA: said..

      No. 9 ยท TBA
      Well, another celebtity martyr for the alternative to straight sex crowd to swoon over.To make the people of this district pay
      for administrations mistake of a bad choice is basically not going to win many friends for the LG crowd.

      Two things.

      1. The people of that district were the ones who planned the fake prom, so pay up rednecks.

      2. Saying that standing up for the right not to be discriminated against isn’t going to win gays any “Friends” is like saying that minorities should have just shut up 60 years ago and not pushed for civil rights legislation because that wouldn’t win them any friends.

      Inbreds like the people that did that to Constance are never going to be our “Friends”, they will never respect us…much as we will never respect them as they are most likely toothless part time employees of a Dairy Queen.

      So while they will never respect us, they will at least be forced to deal with us. It’s the law, so suck it up Elmer.

      Jul 21, 2010 at 5:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jeffree
      Jeffree

      Let’s hope other schools take note & follow suit by passing –and enforcing– antidscrimination policies.

      We know many won’t want to, but they also see the price 2 pay & the bad rep they get if they don’t !

      Constance, we’re all rooting for you at college. Thousands of your LGBT sisters/brothers look forward to watching u blossom !
      jeffree

      Jul 21, 2010 at 11:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Aaron in Honolulu
      Aaron in Honolulu

      @TBA: Sorry, your straight vs. gay argument is lame. Tough shit sour grapes! :)

      Jul 22, 2010 at 1:02 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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