Mississippi School Admits to Douchebaggery And Adopts Anti-Discrimination Policy

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Mississippi School Admits to Douchebaggery And Adopts Anti-Discrimination Policy

Well the saga of Constance McMillen may have come to a close, or at least closure — if you wanna get lesbian processy about it.

This morning Itawamba County School District has agreed to adopt an anti-discrimination policy as well as pay for damages and court fees in the ACLU case, Constance McMillen v. Itawamba County School District, et al.

The ACLU has announced:

Itawamba County School District officials agreed to have a judgment entered against them in the case of a recent high school graduate who sued her school for canceling the prom rather than let her attend with her girlfriend. The agreement ends a precedent-setting lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of 18-year-old Constance McMillen, who suffered humiliation and harassment after parents, students and school officials executed a cruel plan to put on a “decoy” prom for her while the rest of her classmates were at a private prom 30 miles away.

As set forth in documents filed in court today, school officials agreed to implement a policy banning discrimination or harassment on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, the first policy to do so at a public school in the state of Mississippi. The school also agreed to pay McMillen $35,000 in damages and pay for McMillen’s attorneys’ fees.

“We hope this judgment sends a message to schools that they cannot get away with discriminating against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students. LGBT youth just want to be treated like their peers and do all the normal high school things, like going to the prom with the date they choose,” said Bear Atwood, Interim Legal Director at the ACLU of Mississippi. “We’re very proud of Constance for standing up not just for her rights but the rights of LGBT students everywhere.”

pictured: Constance McMillen, her father Michael, her girlfriend and friend.

Comments [4]

jess's picture

It deeply disturbs me that

It deeply disturbs me that school officials were in on the plotting of the "decoy" prom.  As an educator, I find this appalling.  I hope the anti-discrimination policy is enforced to keep such actions from recurring.

minniesota's picture

Making a difference

One person can make a difference. Kudos to Constance for being strong and making a positive change.

Still searching for the right brainy quote.

geek4grammar's picture

Bear Atwood?

well done constance, well done ACLU, well done...bear atwood. I know, I know, it's not important...but it's still hilarious. I'm getting a pretty vivid visual of this dude in all his hairy, beary glory! ;p

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Erika Davis's picture


Congratulations to Constance!  It's terrible that she had to go through this, but  in my opinion she's one of the strongest young women in America today.  It's incredibly inspiring to see young people standing up for their rights and making a noise.  Kudos to her and thank you, finally, to the state of Mississippi for putting LGBT rights on the books for students.


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