Spite bites back: When it canceled the high school prom to prevent a lesbian student from attending in a tuxedo with her girlfriend, a Mississippi school violated the student’s right to express her views, a federal court has ruled. However, the court didn’t order Itawamba Agricultural High School to reschedule the school prom because a “private” prom planned by parents is supposed to be open to all students.
Constance McMillen, an 18-year-old senior at Itawamba Agricultural High School in Fulton, Mississippi, plans to attend the private prom. “Now we can all get back to things like picking out our prom night outfits and thinking about corsages.”
In the 12-page ruling, the court wrote that McMillen “intended to communicate a message by wearing a tuxedo and to express her identity through attending prom with a same-sex date.”