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ACLU Sues Over Decoy Prom

The ACLU has amended their lawsuit against lesbian teen Constance McMillan's Mississippi school district to include charges of conspiring with parents to lure Constance to a "decoy prom" while most students attended a much larger event in another town. Via press release:
On March 23, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi issued a preliminary ruling in McMillen’s case that school officials violated McMillen’s First Amendment rights when it canceled the high school prom rather than let McMillen attend with her girlfriend and wear a tuxedo. The court stopped short of ordering Itawamba Agricultural High School (IAHS) to put the school prom back on the calendar relying on assurances that an alternative “private” prom being planned by parents would be open to all students, including McMillen. However, according to legal papers, at a meeting with school officials, parents then decided to cancel that private prom without notifying McMillen because they did not want to allow McMillen to attend, instead organizing a “decoy” prom for McMillen and her date and still another prom for the rest of the class. McMillen and her date then attended the event the school had told her was “the prom for juniors and seniors” on April 2, where they found only seven other students attending. Principal Trae Wiygul and several school staff members were supervising that event while most of McMillen’s classmates were at the other prom in Evergreen, Mississippi.
The amended complaint against the school district notes that Constance has been ostracized, humiliated, and subjected to text message taunts such as "I don’t know why you come to this school because no one likes your gay ass anyways."

RELATED: Constance will serve as Grand Marshal in NYC's gay pride parade this June.

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