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Teenage Boy Suspended For Asking Miss America To Prom

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Teresa Scanlan Miss America[imagecollect]

Over the course of the last several years, high profile prom date requests have become something of an annual tradition, with many students launching Facebook and Twitter campaigns in hopes of capturing the attention of today’s hottest stars. Often, these teens have special circumstances making their campaigns all the more touching, with some diagnosed with everything from brain cancer to Down syndrome. In a few cases, the students have actually been successful in landing dates with their favorite celebrities, albeit, rarely to the actual dance.

In most school districts, student requests for high profile prom dates are met with stories in the student newspaper or Twitter updates about their efforts. But in one surprising case, Patrick Farves was suspended due to his attempt to ask Miss America to prom. This request took place while Nina Davuluri (this year’s Miss America) was at a Pennsylvania high school for a presentation on STEM education. During her visit, Farves asked the big question, eliciting cheers from the crowd. School officials, however, were not quite as enthusiastic, opting to discipline Farves with a suspension.

Although her traveling schedule prevented her from attending the big dance, Davuluri said she was very flattered by the invitation. She found it very odd that the district had decided to suspend Farves for asking such a simple question and, in response to this harsh edict, decided to stick up for the suspended student. In a recent Facebook post, she revealed that she’d reached out to school officials and asked them to consider reversing their controversial decision. Davuluri felt that one of her responsibilities as Miss America was interacting with fans from across the nation, even if this meant turning down invitations to prom.

In spite of Davuluri’s efforts, it looks like Patrick Farves is still stuck serving out the remainder of his suspension. School officials in Pennsylvania insist that his behavior was disruptive and that he’d been warned to avoid any mention of prom well before Davuluri’s presentation began. If they backtrack on this decision, it sets a bad precedent, possibly encouraging other students to disrupt important presentations in the future. Farves’ supporters argue that, while some form of discipline might be fair, a suspension is far too harsh a punishment for simply inviting a guest to prom. It is the very excessive nature of this punishment that created such a firestorm in the first place, but the ensuing national scandal only appears to have strengthened the school district’s resolve.

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