After senior Constance McMillen threatened to break these rules by bringing her girlfriend and wearing a tuxedo, the district called the whole thing off. The school board dropped the prom due to "recent distractions," but Constance says it's because she wanted to show up in a tux with her girlfriend on her arm.
The Mississippi school district would just have to look to a South Bronx high school to see how things could be different. Last year, students crowned a lesbian couple "Best Couple" in a landslide vote and life went on. For Constance, the Bronx probably feels worlds away from her small town of 23,000 people in Mississippi and its no tuxedo, no girlfriend rules.