It’s Amazing How Low Some Will Sink

Some have been following in the news over the last few weeks the sorry and shameful saga of Constance McMillen’s attempt to go to her high school’s prom. In a nutshell, problems arose when McMillen, who is gay, wanted to bring her female date. This occurred in rural Mississippi, so of course many people in the area freaked out. The school district decided to respond by canceling the prom rather than either explicitly allowing McMillen and her date attend or explicitly barring the pair from attending.

In the resulting court case, a judge ruled that the school district could not bar a gay couple from attending the prom. The judge didn’t force the district to reinstate the prom because a parent-sponsored, private prom was already being organized.

Here’s where things start to get really convoluted. At the time of the ruling, the judge believed that McMillen and her date were invited to the new event. But then, lo and behold, the pair were never invited and the organizers (who, don’t forget, are the parents of the district) wouldn’t divulge basic information about things like where and when it would be happening to McMillen, and then the whole thing got canceled mysteriously.

At this point, school administrators and teachers stepped in and organized a prom-ish thing at a local country club that was held last Friday night. This where the whole saga gets even more convoluted, sorry, and shameful: McMillen, her date, and five other kids showed up at the event, which was chaperoned by the high school’s principal and teachers.

Now it gets even more sorry and shameful. It turns out reason only seven kids were there was because the parents of the district secretly organized another prom at the same time in another location which all the other kids from the school attended instead. It isn’t clear yet whether or not any school officials had any inkling this was being planned, but my guess is that from the looks of it, they probably didn’t know what was going on. If that’s the case, then there’s really no legal redress at this point.

But, wait! Things are about to get even more mind-blowingly shameful than you could possibly imagine at this point. Here’s McMillen, quoted in The Advocate a few days ago:

Two students with learning difficulties were among the seven people at the country club event, McMillen recalls. “They had the time of their lives,” McMillen says. “That’s the one good thing that came out of this, [these kids] didn’t have to worry about people making fun of them [at their prom].”

That’s right. The parents and kids who organized and were complicit in the secret prom didn’t just exclude the gay kids, they went ahead and also excluded the mentally challenged kids while they were at it.

It’s a move nearly unparalleled in the slimy annals of asshattery. At any rate, I believe we’ve found the newest recipients of the “Biggest Douche in the Universe” Award: it’s the people of the Itawamba County School District. Step up and claim your prize, folks.

John Edward Receives the Biggest Douche In The Universe Award on South Park.

Step aside, John Edward. The parents of Itawamba County School District are the new winners.

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One Response to “It’s Amazing How Low Some Will Sink”

  1. gjmcrae Says:

    It is a prom teenagers celebrating there accomplishments who ever you take is your bussiness. We are not here to judge that is not our job we all have paths to walk.

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