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Itawamba prom off, then on again
by Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal and Alisha Wilson/The Itawamba County Times
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First, Itawamba Agricultural High School's parent-sponsored prom was canceled. Then it was rescheduled with a different leadership and a new location.

By the end of a hectic day Tuesday, the school was scheduled to have a parent-sponsored junior-senior prom Friday at the Fulton Country Club.

Itawamba School Board attorney Michele Floyd also said same-sex dates would be allowed at the event.

The original parent-sponsored prom was canceled Monday night after a group of about 80 parents met to discuss the event, which had been scheduled to be held at the Tupelo Furniture Market. Multiple parents confirmed the prom had been canceled but would not say why.

But they did confirm the original parent-sponsored prom would have followed the same set of rules as those previously set by the school, which included a ban on same-sex dates.

After news of the private prom's cancellation surfaced, Floyd sent out an e-mail Tuesday afternoon that the prom would be held at the Fulton Country Club, and country club manager Stanley Ramey confirmed it.

Floyd said the event at the country club would be sponsored by parents, but she would not identify those parents. Three parents involved with the original parent-sponsored prom said they knew nothing on Tuesday afternoon about a prom being scheduled at the country club.

The IAHS prom has been wrapped in controversy since the Itawamba County School Board released a statement earlier this month that it would no longer host the event. That statement came after the district received a letter from the American Civil Liberties Union demanding it allow senior Constance McMillen to attend with her girlfriend and to wear a tuxedo to the dance.

Parents stepped in and agreed to sponsor the event.

The ACLU filed a preliminary injunction to force the district to sponsor the prom. Senior U.S. District Judge Glen H. Davidson ruled March 23 the district did not have to sponsor the prom but that it did violate McMillen's First Amendment rights.

Davidson said that because there was the option of a parent-sponsored prom "open to all IAHS students," it would not serve the public interest to force the school district to hold the prom.

Christine P. Sun, one of the ACLU lawyers who represented McMillen at the injunction hearing, said when McMillen tried to buy a ticket on Monday to the parent-sponsored prom, she was told the deadline to buy tickets had passed on Saturday. But a parent told McMillen to leave her phone number and the parent would get a ticket for her, Sun said.

In a statement released by ACLU lawyer Kristy Bennett on Tuesday night, McMillen said she is hopeful she will be welcomed at the parent-sponsored prom.

"I hope it's true that the new private prom really is welcoming to everyone," McMillen said in the statement. "I never wanted my classmates to not have a prom - all I wanted was the chance to take the person I care about to prom and enjoy the night like everyone else."

Contact Chris Kieffer at (662) 678-1590 or chris.kieffer@djournal.com. Contact Alisha Wilson at alisha.wilson@itawamba360.com.
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BuffaloNickel
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April 05, 2010
I found a link that explains more of the events:

http://nmisscommentor.com/2010/04/04/what-happened-at-constance-mcmillans-prom/
straightsense
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April 05, 2010
Disruptive behavior it appears to be. Rumor has it not many showed up. Anyone got the numbers in attendance ?

Where did all the supportive children/parents go that has been falsely reported by news and ACLU ?

Looks like Itawamba school knew best. ACLU, Judge etc knew little. And they wonder why this country is in a mess with these folks thinking.

Maybe the news will put a prom photo of the child along side of the other photo they have plastered ? OOOOPS....Rumor has it, the prom was so important to her she did not even take a prom photo.

Itawamba Schools should file counter-suit against ACLU, child and parents for this sham, planned money grab. Judicial complaint against Judge and Bar Complaint against ACLU lawyers also.

All of them have abused the Courts.

Now the ACLU can refocus on their National Free Condom Week and Men/Boy love association causes. McMillen has sunk.

straightsense
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April 04, 2010
What is this ? No coverage ? No articles ? No "Leslie Crisis" ? No ACLU public statements ? No School Attorney Statements ?

I guess now they will try and sue the other students for not attending. Typical ACLU stunt.

Only the lonely song comes to mind. And the occassional "Run Forest Run" or is that Run .....Run
BuffaloNickel
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April 03, 2010
Sounds like another Y2K event...what happens now that it's all over? Life goes slowly back to normal until next year...?
saw3
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April 03, 2010
she got her prom.... she was over an hour late then only stayed 20 or 30 mins. no media there so i guess it wasnt worth her while to hang around. she may have been worried a few of the local football players were going to rat her out.
lady_in_black
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April 03, 2010
Just because they don't fit into your ideas does not mean that they are looney as you put it. These people have spent most of their lives studying the toics that they discuss. I know that even though they may be different than most people they are not going to say anything without the research to back it up. I also take it personally when you say archaeologist are looney, because I secretly used to be one.
BuffaloNickel
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April 02, 2010
So, this is the Big Night for Constance...any results?

Have you got News Helicopters flying over the area, is Anderson Cooper from CNN reporting at the scene?
VictoriousUnion
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April 02, 2010
Lady, might I suggest you actually research the commentators they have on those shows? Try it; you may be surprised just how unorthodox (loony) some of them are.
twogone
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April 02, 2010
daveLister being you look like something shot out of a monkeys ass don't mean you have to be an atheist
lady_in_black
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April 02, 2010
I never said that accepted averything that I see on the History channel I said that they have highly educated people and base most of their programs on information gathered by researching the topic fully and giving both sides to a tale. Might I suggest you watching an entire program first.
VictoriousUnion
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April 02, 2010
Lady, this is what you said... "The New Testament was a translation of the Dead Sea Scrolls."

Perhaps you should have been more specific.

Most biblical scholars do not believe the Essenes were Christians. Finally, the History Channel often runs shows like "Banned from the Bible". While shows like that suggest Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene, such things cannot be proven. So, to accept everything you see on that channel is foolhardy.
lady_in_black
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April 02, 2010
They were incorporated into the New Testament of the Bible. you make it sound like they were written only recently. They were discovered recently yes. But they were sealed in a cave thousands of years ago to be discovered later. Hiding the Scrolls was how Christians were able to protect them during a time when they themselves were being killed for their faith.
Dave_Lister
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April 02, 2010
You still aren't making sense, lady. The Dead Sea scrolls are much newer than the OT, and the product of a particular sect.
lady_in_black
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April 02, 2010
Actually, most of my information comes from the books on history. And I never said that the entire New Testament came from the Dead Sea Scrolls just parts of it were. And as far as The History Channel and The Discovery Channel being nonreliable. The documentaries that are shown on those channels are done by people who devote their lives to perserving history and dispelling the myths. They are known as Archaeologists. These people write the books on history that you have read no matter if it was in school or, like me, just for fun.
twogone
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April 02, 2010
VictoriousU good morning to you and a happy easter
VictoriousUnion
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April 02, 2010
lady: Newsflash... the Discovery Channel and the History Channel are not reliable "sources". Did they provide you with footnotes for their claims? Nope.

And, nowhere would the History Channel suggest that all of the New Testament was found in the Dead Sea Scrolls. The latest date projected for the Dead Sea Scrolls is 70CE. Portions of the New Testament weren't authored until the 2nd Century.
lady_in_black
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April 02, 2010
I never said that it had been always accessible to people. I know that it was not translated into other languages until recently. And I know that my information is correct. My sources for everything that I am talking about is books on history, the History Channel and the Discovery Channel.
VictoriousUnion
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April 02, 2010
lady: And perhaps you should remember that ordinary people were forbidden access to the Scriptures until the 16th Century. For hundreds of years, the Roman Catholic Church purposefully disallowed Scripture to be printed in local languages in the belief that commoners were not worthy enough to know Scripture.

"The New Testament was a translation of the Dead Sea Scrolls"? I'm not sure where you got that idea, but that's completely false. Only a few, small excerpts of Mark's Gospel are even alluded to in the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Dave_Lister
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April 02, 2010
I don't know what you were trying to say, lady, but it made no sense at all. The Jewish bible, and the Torah in particular, are very old. The New Testament is brand new in comparison, and usually at the back of the Christian bible.

Biblical literalism is a relatively new phenomenon primarily among the American uneducated underclass. It has no basis in the rest of the Christian world, nor did it have a place among the educated in early America.