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Victory for Constance McMillen

Victory for Constance McMillen


The Mississippi school that chose to cancel prom rather than let Constance McMillen attend with her girlfriend will change its discrimination policy and pay the teen $35,000 in damages.

The Itawamba School District has agreed to update its antidiscrimination policy to include sexual orientation, a first for a school district in Mississippi. The district will also pay McMillen's court fees and $35,000 in damages.

"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," McMillen said in a statement. 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."

McMillen became the poster child for gay teens everywhere when she started speaking out publicly about her experiences at Itawamba Agricultural High School -- first having her prom canceled and then being directed to a "fake" prom while her classmates partied at another event across town.

The American Civil Liberties Union then filed suit against the Itawamba School District on McMillen's behalf.

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