Officials at the Itawamba School District in Mississippi messed with the wrong teenager when they chose to cancel prom rather than let Constance McMillen attend with her girlfriend. Her story made national headlines and attracted the attention of the American Civil Liberties Union. It filed suit against the district on her behalf, and the court ordered the district to pay McMillen’s court fees and $35,000 in damages.
In a statement, McMillen said “I’m so glad this is all over. I won’t ever get my prom back, but it’s worth it if it changes things at my school. I hope this means that in the future students at my school will be treated fairly. I know there are students and teachers who want to start a gay-straight alliance club, and they should be able to do that without being treated like I was by the school.”