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Parents in Lesbian Student Constance McMillen's Town Organize Private Prom — and Constance is Still Not Invited

The Itawamba School District filed a brief containing several new revelations on Friday. The brief says prom was called off to settle the "very explosive and disruptive" issue of the district's ban on same-sex dating, the Clarion Ledger reports.

Constance So the school actually has an official ban on same-sex dating?

The paper continues

"The filing by school board attorney Benjamin Griffith states that Itawamba Agricultural High School senior Constance McMillen 'wishes to make the defendant district the site for a national constitutional argument over gay and lesbian rights.' ... Griffith said the student's rights were not violated. 'This is not an issue where anyone has been denied an education or suffered a constitutional deprivation,' he wrote in the filing. 'Rather, this is a social event that, in light of rapidly escalating circumstances, was disruptive to the school environment because people are on all sides of the issue.' An affidavit filed Friday by attorney James Keith says school board members have been been under 'tremendous pressure' as a result of the controversy."

According to information in the newly filed briefs, parents have organized a private prom — and Constance isn't invited to that prom either:

"The school board's response states that parents have organized a private prom at a furniture mart in nearby Tupleo (sic). Now that the school district has withdrawn from the event, any constitutional claims are irrelevant, Griffith wrote.  [ACLU attorney Christine] Sun said she had only heard rumors of the private dance until she read it in the brief. 'Constance has not been invited, so it is clear to me that what is happening is that the school has encouraged a private prom that is not open to all the students,' she said. 'That's what Constance is fighting for — a prom where everyone can go.'"

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  1. BLESS THEM. THEY CERTAINLY HAVE THE RIGHT TO HAVE THEIR OWN PRIVATE PARTY FOR IS THIS NOT A FREE COUNTRY. THE GIRL AND HER FRIENDS SHOULD ORGANIZE THEIR OWN PARTY. SHE SHOULD BE HAPPY WITH THAT FOR DID SHE NOT GET 30K FROM ELLEN? NOW SHE CAN MOVE TO SAN FRANCISCO OR NEW YORK WITH HER GIRLFRIEND AND BE HAPPY THERE AND LEAVE A PLACE WHICH CLEARLY DOES NOT WANT HER. I DO NOT BELIEVE IN IMPOSING ONE'S SEXUALITY ON OTHERS WHO DO NOT WANT IT, CLEARLY THEY ARE UNCOMFORTABLE WITH IT SO DO NOT RAM IN DOWN THEIR THROATS. THE HOLY FATHER WOULD CONCUR I'M SURE. GOD BLESS YOU.

    Posted by: SISTER MARIA EVANGELICA MAMMACULOS | Mar 20, 2010 6:30:34 PM


  2. Here's a link to an article on the website of the company that gave Constance the $30,000 scholarship on Ellen's show:

    http://www.tonic.com/article/lets-throw-constance-mcmillen-the-prom-she-deserves/

    It has details of where to make donations for an all inclusive Mississippi prom!

    Posted by: Brian K in SF | Mar 20, 2010 6:57:03 PM


  3. The inclusive prom, which Constance has planned to also attend since long before the school canceled its official prom, is being planned by the Mississippi Safe Schools Coalition. Tonic.com is helping raise money for it. You can donate at http://mssafeschools.org/

    Posted by: Chris | Mar 20, 2010 7:45:12 PM


  4. @Sister Maria

    >>THIS NOT A FREE COUNTRY>DO NOT RAM IN DOWN THEIR THROAT<<

    In a free country (see above) we the people have certain indelible rights. Free to live, free to work, free to be regardless of the "discomfort" of others. Out of curiosity, did you hold this same position about black people during the 60s? Were they "ramming" it down your throat?

    The nuns that taught me were better educated than that.

    May you also be blessed and hopefully the good lord will knock you upside the head with some sense.

    Posted by: Keith | Mar 20, 2010 8:25:55 PM


  5. Ah, Mississippi. Where bigotry is born.

    Guys and gals in that state, seriously, I'm really glad that you all fight against this stuff. Remember there are always other places that'll take you in even if your "home" does not.

    Posted by: X | Mar 20, 2010 10:57:10 PM


  6. Just a question. What about those students who aren't impressed with:
    a) bigoted school/parents.
    b) a fellow classmate who is apparently turning their lives into a media circus.
    c) Now face the 'choice' of a media circus prom, a discriminatory prom, or no prom?
    What about the student's right to have a private life? Don't they get to go to school without cameras and reporters interfering with their education?
    BTW, claiming everyone in a town or state to be ignorant or antediluvian, is unfair
    and intolerant. Claiming this 'event' will be the high point of Constance's classmates life (at 18, no less!) is the height of chutzpah. A pox on both your houses. Only in America? I'm glad I live in Canada!!

    Posted by: Robert | Mar 21, 2010 2:19:56 AM


  7. Sister Maria, if that really IS your name, I am also praying to St. Capslock for you.

    Posted by: DeeVee | Mar 21, 2010 3:12:12 AM


  8. This is such a reminder of Beaumont TX way back when! A minister lost a child due to a traffic accident after a dance and had all High School dances banned! Sound fimiliar? It should, it was turned into a movie and is now touring as a stage production! The name Footloose! BTW, Beaumont now allows dancing! It's sad that a private dance, whether being referred to as a Prom or not, has to be ruled by a school district who has such Black Water Views of things! Black Water is another way of saying swamp! A private dance that includes everyone from the school should not be governed by the School Board! If the monies were raised by the adults of those involved, who the hell are the on the school board has a right to deny anoyone to attend?

    Posted by: irishtxn | Mar 21, 2010 10:23:49 AM


  9. http://holyinsf.org/my-hometown/

    Beautiful from a Reverend who grew up in segregation-era Itawamba.

    Posted by: Mrs. Sippy | Mar 21, 2010 12:07:39 PM


  10. "Sister maria" has brain damage from years of alcohol/substance abuse. Isn't it obvious?

    Posted by: TANK | Mar 21, 2010 1:20:05 PM


  11. Did the bigoted parents/students organize the alternate prom or the furniture mart?

    Posted by: Dan | Mar 21, 2010 2:48:08 PM


  12. looks like this is going to be a battle between the proms---the bigoted parents prom vs the homo prom. lets just make ours fabulous so that all the kids come to the gay prom. how about a major Hollywood performer agreeing to come to the homo prom and entertain--for free? that would pack 'em in leaving the bigots prom empty!

    Posted by: jim | Mar 21, 2010 5:32:45 PM


  13. I feel sorry for the dozens of kids who are being treated as cardboard cut-outs by both sides, using their prom as either bigotry or gay egotistic grandstanding. Did Constance consult the student body before forcing her senior class into the media goldfish bowl? Did the homophobic school officials/parents try to include everyone?
    No, polarizing the entire town is what everyone decided to do. If it were me in that senior class, I'd donate my prom money to a worthy charity and tell both sides to get bent.

    Posted by: Robert | Mar 21, 2010 9:11:59 PM


  14. Living in Louisiana, having grown up in Mississippi, I am disgusted by the actions of the Itawamba School Board. They are totally backward and, hopefully, will be voted out of office.

    However, the attacks on the entire state of Mississippi and the South, in general, are uncalled for. It is true that there are many bigoted people in the South. There are many bigoted people in EVERY state. Calling the entire population of a state or area bigots is detrimental to the cause of inclusion.

    In the US, everyone has a right to their opinion, whatever it may be. They don't have the right to force it on everyone else. This is the crux of this issue.

    One story that may interest you. A small high school outside Baton Rouge produced the play "The Laramie Project" recently. It was discovered that the nuts from the Westboro group were going to show up and protest. More than 400 people showed up to counter-protest and support the kids. The play was sold out and went on without a hitch. Only 1 protester showed up and he was from a local church.

    Don't throw the entire South under one all inclusive label.

    Posted by: JohninBR | Mar 21, 2010 10:19:42 PM


  15. I just found proof (swimming around Yahoo Answers) that indeed, this private prom is intended to keep Constance and her date out.
    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100312144231AAVae4p

    Amusingly, this appears to be the same person posting ot the Tupelo Furniture Market's facebook page about how, zomg, Constance is so welcome at the prom!!!

    Yeah, right.

    Posted by: footnotegirl | Mar 23, 2010 2:53:33 AM


  16. As Wanda Sykes said when she invited Constance to present her with the GLADD award, "Mississippi never disappoints us for being on the forefront of the wrong side of history."

    Go Mississippi. At least you are consistent: a regular embarrassment to yourselves, aren't you?

    Posted by: Chris Hough | Mar 23, 2010 7:26:17 AM


  17. My letter to the Tupelo Furniture Mart:

    Some day, your furniture mart will become a civil rights museum, complete with each of your faces featured clearly as the staff and owner that participated in the biggest civil rights fail in Mississippi History. Congratulations for participating in something that has made you famous already, not as just an event facility, but personally for each of you. This museum will be complete with the name of Constance McMillen's name featured on the building, and the following names on the list of bigots in your state history:

    Melinda Ware
    Vicki Hitchcock
    Connie Clayton
    Janice Coleman
    Krissy Dickerson
    Patsy Harris
    Peggy Young

    Your children and grandchildren will remember you for this event of the past and will not celebrate anything about your life because this will overshadow anything good you have ever done in your lifetime. In the meantime, I hope the protesters and media drive you all mad and your conscience keeps up all night for years to come.

    Posted by: Chris Hough | Mar 23, 2010 7:47:50 AM


  18. I'm happy to report that Krissy Dickerson's email is completely full. I got a bounce back confirming this. That's good!

    Posted by: Chris Hough | Mar 23, 2010 8:01:33 AM


  19. @JohninBR While I totally agree with you as someone who grew up in Atlanta, I have to ask the citizens of the state of Mississippi to stand up at the outrage and speak out against it to save the reputation of the state. Unfortunately, most are unwilling to take a stand, and the loudest voice maintains. Therefore, Mississippi will likely take the brunt of the joke in this case. Unfortunately it is not a joke to Constance McMIllen.

    When this happened during the Olympics in Atlanta, the people of Georgia spoke up and managed to get all events out of Cobb because of a similar issue. Mississippi residents need to voice their outrage and get state funding pulled out of this school district until new leadership can be installed.

    Posted by: Chris Hough | Mar 23, 2010 8:18:05 AM


  20. Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, the same town as the Tupelo Furniture Market. In the 1970's Elvis met with J. Edgar Hoover, the cross-dressing gay founder and leader of the F.B.I., in an attempt to become a "drug agent." There is a famous picture of them together, J. Edgar in drag (a suit) and Elvis is wearing a CAPE! It's priceless and indicative of the mental derangement of those born in places like Tupelo, Mississippi... Even if you are a very pretty-boy singer of some fame.

    NOTE: Elvis liked to hire Vegas prostitutes to have "lesbian sex" while he watched, occasionally jacking off and sometimes shooting out the suite's TVs.

    It's a small world after all.

    What has all this to do with the Prom situation? Ponder what Mississippi has wrought. Should we just go ahead and kick 'em out of the Union?

    Posted by: Adrian Kimberly | Mar 31, 2010 9:19:51 AM


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