11 March 2010

Go away, go away, go away, Dixieland.

It would be lovely if stupid were surprising instead of expected:
Mississippi Prom Canceled After Lesbian Date Request

JACKSON, Miss. — A northern Mississippi school district decided Wednesday not to host a high school prom after a lesbian student demanded she be able to attend with her girlfriend and wear a tuxedo.

The Itawamba County school district's policy requires that senior prom dates be of the opposite sex. The American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi had given the district until Wednesday to change that policy...

Instead, the school board met and issued a statement announcing it wouldn't host the event at Itawamba County Agricultural High School in Fulton, "due to the distractions to the educational process caused by recent events."
I'm sure it won't be any sort of "distraction" for this kid now that the school board has seen fit to make her a target by axing the prom for all her classmates rather than let her show up with a girlfriend. Certainly, with the calm reasoning and level heads that high school students are known for, no one will end up blaming Constance for the loss of the prom.

It really is a hatemongering two-fer: not only does the district take a position that defines "cutting off one's nose to spite one's face" in order to ensure the institutionalization of their bigotry, but they set up a teenager to face the consequences and reprisals.
"However, at this time, we feel that it (the decision) is in the best interest of the Itawamba County School District, after taking into consideration the education, safety and well being of our students."
How about "the education, safety and well being of almost all of our students?"

There, fixed that for you, Itawamba County...

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