It wasn’t just that Constance McMillen wanted to wear a tux and bring a girl as her date that led Itawamba County School District to cancel their prom. Administrators were also worried about kids spiking the punch and snorting coke in the bathrooms!
Testifying at a hearing yesterday,
Schools Superintendent Teresa McNeece and school board Chairman Eddie Hood testified that they had discussed not sponsoring the prom even before McMillen challenged a rule that prohibits same-sex dates. They said they had concerns about liability problems, including possible use of alcohol and drugs at a school-sponsored event. But they also said they decided to call off the April 2 prom at Itawamba Agricultural High School because McMillen’s challenge to the rules had caused disruptions. “We were being hounded every day. Our students were being hounded,” McNeece said. “We were having a tough time of any bell-to-bell instruction.”
Also being hounded? Principal Trae Wiygul, who says “he had been ‘bombarded’ with e-mails, most from people criticizing the district’s decision. ‘I’ve been called every name known to man,’ Wiygul said. ‘I’ve been called a bigot and homophobic.’”
It’s as if he now has some inkling about what teens like Constance go through every day.
(NB: Meanwhile, Georgia high schooler Derrick Martin, who asked to bring a dude to his April 17 prom, has gotten the OK.)