One of the cognitive errors people often make is to assume that others are in agreement with them in terms of their morals and beliefs. I am guilty of that because when I read this story, I simply couldn’t believe that backwards people like this still existed in schools and campuses in the USA.
I’m sure many of you know about this story already, especially if you live in the US but I didn’t until I saw this banner on the blog Earth to Holly. So without further ado, here is the story…
Link: Fulton, MS Prom Discrimination [ACLU]
Itawamba Agricultural High School in Fulton, Mississippi told a student that she could not enter the school prom with her girlfriend and that she could not wear a tuxedo. She was also told that if she arrived separately but slow-danced with her girlfriend, they might be thrown out.
The student, Constance McMillen, reported the matter to the ACLU and they issued a letter demanding that she be allowed to attend the prom with her girlfriend. The school board responded by saying that the prom was cancelled for all students and the ACLU then filed a suit against them. In the complaint, Constance McMillen v. Itawamba County School District, et al., the ACLU asked the school board to reinstate prom for all students and charged Itawamba County School District officials with violating Constance McMillen’s First Amendment right to freedom of expression. The hearing on the motion for a preliminary injunction will be held on this coming Monday 22 March.
You can support Constance on Facebook: Let Constance Take Her Girlfriend to Prom!