The Itawamba County school district’s policy requires that senior prom dates be of the opposite sex. The American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi had given the district until Wednesday to change that policy and allow 18-year-old Constance McMillen to escort her girlfriend, who is also a student, to the dance on April 2. Instead, the school board met and issued a statement announcing it wouldn’t host the event at Itawamba County Agricultural High School in Fulton, “due to the distractions to the educational process caused by recent events.”
First, when did prom become an “educational process?” Is that a joke?
The statement from the district went on to say:
“It is our hope that private citizens will organize an event for the juniors and seniors,” district officials said in the statement. “However, at this time, we feel that it is in the best interest of the Itawamba County School District, after taking into consideration the education, safety and well being of our students.”
Safety? Well-being? Education? This is not a school assembly where some expert is coming to speak about the Holocaust or World War I. It’s the PROM! While it is a school-sanctioned event, I don’t think much education goes on at the prom other than how these students eventually learn how to put on a condom afterwards. But, considering the times we live in, I’m sure these students are near experts at that activity.
It’s a shame these kids won’t have an opportunity to participate in a high school rite of passage because some “officials” are concerned about the safety of the students at the prom if a lesbian student wants to attend with her date. Because, as we all know, those homosexuals can be some dangerous, violent-prone criminals and can corrupt the innocent youth of the community.