Resolving a case that received nationwide attention this week, Principal Patrick Taylor of Monroe City High School in Ouachita Parish, Louisiana has agreed to let Claudetteia Love wear a tuxedo to prom, NCLR reports, via press release:
The negative response against Principal Taylor's decision was swift. Two members of the Monroe County Board of Education, which oversees Carroll High School, vowed to ensure that Claudetteia would be allowed to wear a tuxedo to her prom.
"We are pleased to hear that Principal Taylor and the Monroe City School Board corrected this wrong before any serious harm was done. Forbidding girls from wearing a tuxedo to the prom would have served no purpose other than to reinforce the worst sorts of harmful stereotypes and censor a core part of Claudetteia's identity," said NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell. "The school is doing the right thing by supporting its students and teaching them the value of respect and acceptance of one another's differences."
[Claudetteia's mother Geraldine] Jackson, who is fully supportive of Claudetteia's sexual orientation and her decision to wear a tuxedo, stated: "I am very happy that the school reversed its position in time for Claudetteia and her friends to attend the prom together. Also, I am proud of Claudetteia for standing up for her right to wear a tuxedo to prom and for being true to herself. She should not have to miss out on an important milestone for all high school students because of what others might say or do."
Now was that so hard?