I’ve written before about the Constance McMillen story, the young lesbian student in Fulton, Mississippi, who was told she couldn’t bring her girlfriend to the prom. The school ended up canceling the prom in order to avoid having her show up. Then a group of parents decided to have their own prom — and deliberately told this girl and several other students to show up at the wrong place.
To avoid Constance McMillen bringing a female date to her prom, the teen was sent to a “fake prom” while the rest of her class partied at a secret location at an event organized by parents.
McMillen tells The Advocate that a parent-organized prom happened behind her back — she and her date were sent to a Friday night event at a country club in Fulton, Miss., that attracted only five other students. Her school principal and teachers served as chaperones, but clearly there wasn’t much to keep an eye on.
“They had two proms and I was only invited to one of them,” McMillen says. “The one that I went to had seven people there, and everyone went to the other one I wasn’t invited to.”
Last week McMillen asked one of the students organizing the prom for details about the event, and was directed to the country club. “It hurts my feelings,” McMillen says.
Wait. It gets worse.
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 come out of this, [these kids] didn’t have to worry about people making fun of them [at their prom].”
Congratulations, you bigoted assholes. You succeeded in making sure that no one any different from you was at the prom. You’ve turned yourself into a cartoonish bunch of John Hughes movie bad guys, for crying out loud. Not one person in the entire town saw fit to tell this girl that she was being punked and sent to a fake prom – not one.
And by the way, the same thing happened 45 years ago to a young black student in Alabama. But nah, there’s no connection here at all.