Skip to comments.Mississippi school pays damages to lesbian teen over prom dispute
Posted on 07/20/2010 10:24:13 AM PDT by trumandogz
(CNN) -- A school district in Mississippi has agreed to pay a recent high school graduate $35,000 in damages and adopt a policy prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation, according to a statement released Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union.
The settlement comes after the ACLU sued the school district in Fulton, Mississippi, on behalf of Constance McMillen, a lesbian teen who was told by Itawamba Agricultural High School officials she and her girlfriend would be ejected if they attended the school-sponsored prom.
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This country is going to hell in a handbasket.
We have seriously lost our way.
push polling lame stream
I suspect she'd take the $35K over the prom any day.
My date cancelled on me the day of the prom. I want $35,000!!
In the legal profession we call this a nusience settlement. It would have cost more than $35,000 in legal fees to successfully defend the suit. They got out the cheapest way possible.
This school district sought to protect the "privacy" of the other students ~ very simple matter. If that same lesbian had attended in proper dress with 5 other dateless girls there'd been no problem. Instead, she wanted a "partner".
So can someone bring their bi-sexual, polygamist girl and boyfriend next time for a 3-way prom date?
The district got off cheap by only having to shell out $35,000 of which I’m sure most went to the ACLU.
Stop having extracurricular activities, if that is the price for not giving into sexual perversion. Make a no romantic or sexual contact rule for everyone while on school property.
The first disagreement will be fought in court.
What about the trainwreck of a prom experience she made for the other 200 kids? Do they each get to claim emotional damages too?
They will “never get their prom back” either you know...having had it eclipsed by some dysnfunctional attention seeking lost soul.
Ridiculous.....When will the courts get this right...You do not have permission to deliberately disrupt a prom.
Absolutely and utterly insane.
After seeing her payoff I wouldn’t be surprised if a least a few of her classmates followed suit and filed suit.
And when she marries a male and has two natural born kids, will she have to give the money back with interest?
“Make a no romantic or sexual contact rule for everyone while on school property.”
That is the only way around this issue as a school cannot make a rule saying that two girls cannot kiss or hold hands in the hallway while permitting a boy and a girl to hold hands or kiss in the hallway.
Furthermore, the district screwed-up by admitting that a prom was a school sponsored sexualized event where only a certain class of students could participate.
The school district had no chance in a courtroom.
And the goat....don’t forget the goat...
In the Mafia, we call it "extortion".
“...told by Itawamba Agricultural High School officials she and her girlfriend would be ejected if they attended the school-sponsored prom.”
If this is true, the school was wrong. Had they ignored the ‘problem’, there would be no problem, and the taxpayers wouldn’t be out $35K.
“You do not have permission to deliberately disrupt a prom.”
Did she do that?
“And when she marries a male and has two natural born kids, will she have to give the money back with interest?”
By my reckoning, that would only highlight how wrong the school was.
not a good thing
“Slouching Towards Gomorrah”....one dumba$$ at a time.
The district attempted to set-up two classes of students and would have gotten their hand slapped much harder than 35k if they had stepped into a real courtroom.
Absolutely! What do you think the ACLU is all about but extortion.
lol. Post of the day. I am sorry you missed your prom but that is funny as hell.
My date cancelled on me the day of the prom. I want $35,000!!
If I had gotten 35Grand for every time I got stood up in HS
and invested it wisely, I’d be chasing women on the Riviera!
Yes, but they admitted guilt which is not the purpose of a nuisance settlement.
Shakedown artists proliferate in American public life: from the ranks of the civil rights - ahem - "community", to the walnut-paneled offices of Italian-suited, $1000 haircut Tort Pimps who run their thrilling Wheel-of-Misfortune Lottery games in every courtroom in the bleeping country.
And, as we are most painfully aware, far from investigating these shysters, frauds and sticky-fingered hoodlums, our Federal Justice Department now acts as an accomplice, and effectively shares in the proceeds of crime while joining in the rape of the victims.
Proms are about to go on the ash-heap of history.
Great. She wants to be a pervert, and taxpayers have to pay her for her finding it inconvenient.
Makes me long for the days when I was in high school. Back when even the hint of being a homosexual would lead to being immediately ostracized from teenage society and having nasty messages written on your locker. Such rumors were the kiss of death for a teen’s social life.
Yeah, there were kids who came out later, but that was only after the moved to New York City and worked in the theater district.
The only thing worse would have been being fat, wearing glasses & being called a queer. The fatal trifecta.
And no one got cash for having their poor, little feelings hurt!!
Quit looking to the government to solve your moral problems. Solve them yourselves.
How ‘bout if her lover has four legs and a tail ? Or is six years old ? What if she wants to bring all three of her partners ?
It’s all in the name of “diversity”, dontcha know.
All proms should be privately organized. The school should not be putting money into something like that anyway. Collect money from every student that goes, rent out a hotel, and be done with it.
Hey TD, looks like you have a fellow homey for your lack of culture war appreciation here.
I’ll pay for the room.
What room? What are you talking about?
you and TD are fellow “what culture war?” travelers hoss.
And if that school district would have brought this case to court the would have lost big with the court recognizing that the Culture War cannot violate the Constitution.
Tyranny of the minority..in this case one.
And they did not say she could not attend...just not with male impersonator in tow.
barrel of worms that 1964 legislation
btw...just how much about lesbianism did our founders ever cover?
they never dreamed of such nonsense
If the male impersonator was so good that everyone thought it was a mormal male-female couple attending the prom together, would that be okay?
If two girls attended together because they were friends and nobody else asked them, would that be okay?