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Mo. district revises prom policy on same-sex dates

Feb 18, 2013 -- 9:58am

 

Associated Press

A Scott County school district has rescinded a policy that prohibited same-sex couples from attending prom, a day after a national anti-discrimination group threatened to sue. On Friday, Scott County Central School District superintendent Alvin McFerren said the school board agreed to revise a district handbook policy that had been interpreted to prohibit same-sex dates. McFerren said the policy was adopted 10 to 15 years ago for an innocent reason and was never meant to discriminate. The handbook policy stated that students "will be permitted to invite one guest, girls invite boys and boys invite girls."
McFerren said the line was simply aimed at trying to stop students from cheating on the entry cost of prom and other dances -- by going as a "couple," they were saving a few bucks since the couples' rate was less expensive than two individual fees. When McFerren found out the real reason, he wanted to get it corrected. The district has about 330 students near Sikeston. The Southern Poverty Law Center on Thursday threatened legal action on behalf of Stacy Dawson, a male student who wanted to attend prom with his boyfriend. McFerren said Dawson can now attend with whomever he chooses.

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