Constance McMillen finally attended her senior prom Friday at a country club in Fulton, Mississippi.
But to avoid McMillen bringing a female date to her prom, she was sent to a “fake prom” while the rest of her class partied at a secret location at an event organized by parents.
McMillen tells The Advocate that a parent-organized prom happened behind her back, and she and her date were sent to a different event that attracted only five other students.
“They had two proms and I was only invited to one of them,” McMillen says. “The one that I went to had seven people there, and everyone went to the other one I wasn’t invited to.”
McMillen said she knew there was another event in the works and she has seen several pictures from the party on Facebook.
Last month, the Itawamba County School District refused to allow McMillen to bring a female date to her high school prom and then canceled the event.
She went to federal court, and a judge ruled the district had violated her civil rights, but he did not order the district to hold the prom, because a parent-sponsored event was being scheduled away from the school.
Kristy Bennett, ACLU Mississippi legal director, told the Associated Press that they “we’re investigating if the prom at the country club was a sham or a decoy.”