Pure Spite

Some of you may have heard of the high school that canceled its prom rather than allow a lesbian couple to attend.

But in case you haven’t been following it… the lawsuit has begun!

The lawsuit seeks a court order for the school to hold the prom. It also asks that McMillen be allowed to escort her girlfriend, who is a fellow student, and wear a tuxedo, which the school said also violated policy.

The school’s decision was a shameful example of pure spite.  They didn’t have the courage of their convictions to simply tell the girl she couldn’t go (and there’s no way they would have gotten away with that legally, anyway).  So instead, they cancel the prom.  Cowards.

Look, I tend to think that most proms could use some canceling.   But this was just an educational institution lashing out in a very nasty way at a young girl, and I hope that they get their derriere handed to them by the ACLU.

Comments

  1. Well said.

  2. How petty does a school and the adults in charge have to be to cancel a whole prom because a girl wants to bring another girl to it? This illustrates perfectly the madness that is prejudice.

  3. dangermom says:

    They probably had a whole ‘alternative’ prom set up at a local church before they canceled the official prom. The whole thing is an ugly mess.

  4. Math Teacher says:

    “I hope that they get their derriere handed to them by the ACLU.”

    Great line… couldn’t agree more!

  5. Paul Hoss says:

    The school is in Mississippi. Could that have anything to do with the administration’s actions?

  6. Is it at least possible that lesbian behavior is morally wrong? Just askin’, in the spirit of academic inquiry and all that.

  7. Michael E. Lopez says:

    JND – Of course it’s possible.

    If that’s the case, then the school should just forbid the girl from attending. It would be a poor moral example to allow her to attend.

    Of course, if that’s the case, then we have a perfect example of how the law and morality are two very different constructs. The school would never be allowed by the law to do that.

  8. But this was just an educational institution lashing out in a very nasty way at a young girl

    Sez you. And what sort of paternalism is it to refer to a 18 year old as a “young girl”? She’s a young woman, and a legal adult.

    The school has a policy. Let them have it. The girl could go to another school. I’m pretty much a civil libertarian, but I’m fed up with spoiled brats. She doesn’t want to go to the prom. She wants to make a political statement.

  9. SuperSub says:

    I’m more astounded at the stupidity of the administration than the actual wrongness of their policy. Did they really think that after stating that the girl could not bring a female date that they could just cancel the prom without becoming the target of a lawsuit.

    The district residents should demand the Boards’ and Superintendent’s heads on platter.

  10. Cowards. And right. Sometimes it just doesn’t pay to stand up and get shot by the hate-filled.

  11. Cowards. And right. Sometimes it just doesn’t pay to stand up and get shot by the hate-filled.

    To whom are you referring by “cowards” and “hate-filled”? I think I know, but I want to be sure.

  12. Sorry folks but here is a very cold reality that faces most school districts. Prom and school dances are extra curricular and as such can be held or canceled at the whim of the governing authority. Do I think the board is wrong, YES (so no flaming please) Do I think it should be live and let live, sure why not. But if your lifestyle choice is in direct opposition to the social norms of a given society then the society has the right and the responsibility to defend itself with the tools available. That means if the school gets pushed then they have the right to cancel the dance.

  13. >But if your lifestyle choice is in direct opposition to the >social norms of a given society then the society has the right >and the responsibility to defend itself with the tools available. >That means if the school gets pushed then they have the right to >cancel the dance.

    So Jim Crow laws were alright with you?

  14. Donalbain says:

    Is it at least possible that lesbian behavior is morally wrong? Just askin’, in the spirit of academic inquiry and all that.

    Is it at least possible that inter-racial dating behaviour is morally wrong? Just askin’, in the spirit of academic inquiry and all that