After Threatening Legal Action, Gay Teen Wins Right To Attend Prom With Boyfriend
A gay Missouri teen will get to attend the prom after having threatened legal action.
Stacy Dawson, a 17-year-old senior at Scott County Central High School in Sikeston, Mo., had been told last year that he couldn’t bring his boyfriend due to a line in the school’s handbook that said “students will be permitted to invite one guest, girls invite boys and boys invite girls.”
When Dawson questioned the policy, he was told by a school administrator that the school board would not consider revising it, according to The Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit civil rights organization representing Dawson. So on Thursday — Valentine’s Day — Dawson had The Southern Poverty Law Center send a letter to Scott County Central High and the school district threatening legal action.
One day later, the district had good news for Dawson: They were removing the offending line from their handbook, and said the line was never meant to be exclusive in the first place.