Where’s Constance? Photos from a Private Prom

So a lot of the kids from Itawamba Agricultural High ’10 seem to have gone to the same prom this weekend, judging by their public Facebook pages, captured here by an intrepid sleuth. Cassandra Lee Maier wrote on March 29 that she was

sick and tired of the damn prom being cancelled. what the hell happened this time??

but on Saturday she posted a smiley icon saying that she had an awesome time at the prom, and that

it was so pretty

Danthon Huddleston was really happy.

Had soooooo much fun lastnight thank you; all the parents whoade lastnight possible and a might to remember thank you. Seniors our year is back on track!!! :)

On Saturday morning, Angel Russell posted on Facebook

had so much fun last night………never knew I could dance that much :)…. BEST EVER!!!!

On a photo from Angie Byrd Sherrer’s Facebook page where she posted pictures of her daughter Holly dancing at the private no-gays prom (Mrs Sherrer has since made her page private), student Mckenzie Mina King posted this:

bahahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. haha. waittt, i still dont think im finished laughing….
hahahahaha.
i just love youuuuuuuu.
Pam Spaulding reports that
Fulton not only displayed rank homophobia, it raised the bar of evil by sending learning-disabled students to the fake prom, clearly labeling them “others.”
Two students with learning difficulties were among the seven people at the country club event, McMillen recalls. “They had the time of their lives,” McMillen says. “That’s the one good thing that come out of this, [these kids] didn’t have to worry about people making fun of them [at their prom].”
I can see some of the same dresses in these pictures posted by different students.
Just a reminder to the non-white kids , non-disabled kids who went to this event: Forty-five years ago, in Birmingham, Alabama the same stunt got pulled on a black girl.

Think about civil rights for moment.
And if that’s not fucked up enough, now there’s a FB group called Constance, Quit Yer Cryin
Okay. My work here is done. Let’s see what Sarah Palin has to say about this…
35 Responses to "Where’s Constance? Photos from a Private Prom"
Teddy Partridge | Monday April 5, 2010 07:48 pm 1

Amazingly, Constance’s ‘prom’ was attended by seven students, at least two of them with learning disabilities. And what did she think of this, having to attend a fake prom with only a few other students so that her snooty classmates could remain uncontaminated by the lesbeeen and the ‘tards?

Two students with learning difficulties were among the seven people at the country club event, McMillen recalls. “They had the time of their lives,” McMillen says. “That’s the one good thing that come out of this, [these kids] didn’t have to worry about people making fun of them [at their prom].”

This is one very classy lady, whom I don’t think we’ve heard the last of, not by a long shot. Hurray, Constance.


coloradoboater | Monday April 5, 2010 09:09 pm 2

And, if you look at the facebook profiles for the “secret prom” attendees you see the same pages recurring in their profiles:

Greenville Christian School
The Charleston Baptist Congregation
Little Creek Baptist Church
“I’m Proud To Be Christian” by Aaron Chavez Religious Center
Prayer In School Religious Center
I Love Jesus Religious Center
Freedom Rally 2010 “A call to Revival”
Dedicated to Christ
Going to Church Religious Center
God id Love Religious Organization
Jesus Daily Religious Organization
I’m a Christian & I’m Proud Religious Organization
The Resolve Tour Religious Organization
ChristBuild Inc Religious Organization
Christ In Action Non-Profit

You can see that these self-righteous haters are very proud of their religious associations. Hope these organizations are proud of their minions.


Lisa Derrick | Monday April 5, 2010 09:16 pm 3

I suspect there are going to be some very interesting phone calls tomorrow. Parents were present, btw and took photos.


AZ Matt | Monday April 5, 2010 09:34 pm 4
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 3

I just finished catching up on the other post covering this topic. I thought Jesus preached tolerance. I guess these “Christians” haven’t come across that yet. Or they just read the conservative version of the Bible that is out now.

You gotta know that parents were behind much of this.


Pannochka | Monday April 5, 2010 10:10 pm 5

Just saw this posted. Really nice letter from highschooler in Canada.

If you don’t understand why people are angry with you, your friends, your classmates, the people of your community, and the so-called leaders of your school district, then I’m left pondering who in the world would be foolish enough to have deemed that you have acquired the knowledge and the aptitude for either critical thinking or emphasizing with your fellow man that defines an individual who has genuinely earned their high school diploma and who is worthy of assuming the mantle of adult citizenship in a free and democratic society.


TBogg | Monday April 5, 2010 10:47 pm 6

Crackers.

Bless their hearts….


bolivarianhero | Monday April 5, 2010 11:01 pm 7

Hey…I’m the guy who posted that letter, but I’ve not been in high school for 7 years…:)


Teddy Partridge | Monday April 5, 2010 11:45 pm 8

Thirty five years from now, just as we look back on the stories about the Birmingham Alabama African American woman who was excluded from her prom, Americans will look back at this Mississippi story and shake their heads in wonder.

Except, of course, for the sad Mississippians who perpetrated this cruelty. They will, I hope, hang their heads in shame.


Pannochka | Tuesday April 6, 2010 02:02 am 9
In response to bolivarianhero @ 7

Well..you look young ;)


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday April 6, 2010 02:33 am 10

What these kids did with the help of their parents goes against the true meaning of Jesus’ words as recorded in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

In this post a student form the high school writes (comment #8):

The party we had in Evergreen (the county neighborhood I live in) is 30 mins away from the school. we rented out the community center, hired vendors, decorated, and our parents ran the security/chaperone staff- but it wasn’t prom.Prom was at the country club where constance and 7 other students were. The reason the senior class boycotted the actual prom was not because we hate gays. We wanted a drama-free gathering to celebrate 3 great years and 1 lousy one together, and we wanted to lay low. We also wanted to do it without the main cause of the lousy. What people are failing to realize is that much of the fault of this whole stink lies with Constance, not her mistreatment by the school district, but her crazy-reckless need for attention. It sounds mean and horrible and like we planned it all specifically to embarrass Constance, but we didn’t…

…I’m proud that we took a stand and just said you know what? forget it, we have just as much right as you do to have a party for ourselves…

…Take it as you will, because I’m sure it sounds like we faked her out, but understand this- the decision NOT to attend prom had nothing to do with the school or with Constance’s sexual preferences; it had everything to do with proving we weren’t going to let her and the ACLU steamroll us into doing what Constance wanted. We flexed the muscle of the majority and we’ll suffer the consequences.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday April 6, 2010 03:47 am 11

And while we’re on the subject, here’s what one student, Jay Nichols, had to say on Yahoo! Answers

Best Answer – Chosen by Asker
listen, im a junior at itawamba. constance is STUPID for blowing this up and ruining the prom for the rest of my school. some of us kids met with about 50 parents last night and they have gladly decided to throw us a prom at the tupelo furniture market on april 2. you would just have to live here to know what its like. theres only about 3500 people that live in our city limits so EVERYONE knows everyone. they dont have to throw us a prom, they volunteered to and we appreciate them so much for it.. AND to top it off, it is going to be INVITATION ONLY. so constance and her gay-activist friends will not be attending. they can go have their own prom because we certainly do not want any of them there.. i wish some of you could be here though. we have WTVA newsmen at front doors of the school every freaking morning. they flag us down to interview us as we’re coming and leaving school. im SICK AND TIRED OF IT. we are very traditional here so personally i think if constance doesnt like it here she needs to pack her stuff and MOVE. no one even liked her here that much in the first place..
Source(s):
i LIVE and go to school at fulton.

Wow.


meglanker | Tuesday April 6, 2010 08:01 am 12

For Lindsey:

For God’s sake, lock down your FB… I can’t keep laughing at the hypocrisy.

“Lindsey Begley won’t you save me, san fransisco?
February 22 at 6:37pm”

No, sweetie, the Castro district will eat you alive if you’re scared of Constance.

Asking about the “parent prom” a few weeks ago was classy. Especially when you claim this wasn’t prom.

I’m a freelance journalist, and I can tell you, IF you ever become a journalist, people who disagree with you are going to dig this up and use it to discredit whatever you write. If you write that puppies and kittens are fluffy, I guarantee, someone will disagree with you, post these old comments, and say, “What does she know, she’s just a bigot.”

Whatever you meant before in the heat of emotion is what is actually deep down in your soul – or lack thereof. Your second comment reeks of getting slapped down by someone and told to apologize, and I don’t mean anyone here.

The damage is done, my dear. The internet and fast food grease traps have something in common – neither can ever be scrubbed 100% clean.


bmg42 | Tuesday April 6, 2010 08:10 am 13

The opening scene of “Animal House” has two young men attempting to get into the “best” fraternity on campus. Calling them “a wimp and a blimp” behind their backs, they get shuffled to a corner of the room, with others who “don’t belong” – non-white people and a blind person. Sound familiar, Lindsey? Yes, this makes you one of the bad guys. Sorry, that’s just how things are…


meglanker | Tuesday April 6, 2010 08:49 am 14

Oh, God, these kids are killing me!

Chanda Davis had the best night ever, kinda awkward with mom and dad, but it was amazing :) love my girls! kinda scared of what pictures might pop up on facebook…
April 2 at 11:35pm

Sarah Beth bahaha, I was making fun of someone dancing and I saw someone take a picture of me!
Sat at 3:48pm

Chanda Davis hahahaha nice
Sat at 5:01pm

James Colin Chatham “Thanks to the ACLU, Itawamba county is more advanced than the rest of the world… Our world is ending two years earlier!”
March 13 at 12:39pm via Text Message
5 people like this.

Carol-Leigh Harvey what?
March 13 at 12:46pm

Shelby Bierig hahahah, just couldn’t stand to wait for 2012
March 13 at 12:52pm

James Colin Chatham IMO…..I think this Prom controversy is absolutely ridiculous! Just because people want publicity, my senior year has been riddled with bias news reports and slanderous accusations. In Fulton, straight people are the majority. What has happened to our principles of democracy this nation was founded on?
March 10 at 4:39pm
27 people like this.

(Yeah, so are white people, dude. Didn’t stop desegregation)

Stephanie Leigh Robinson Boy who wanted to be a girl, no prom, what else does a small town to become famous? Oh yea gays ruining our seniore year.
March 11 at 3:11pm via Text Message
(Your school board did that…)

Rebecca Cleveland
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=203565&id=510421339&ref=mf
Prom 2010
By:Rebecca Cleveland
Photos:49
(This is the straight, non-disabled people private prom)

Abby Rodgers Romans 1:26.. this is a GOOD one!!
March 11 at 8:49pm
3 people like this.
(This verse is used to justify hatred of homosexuals: The text reads [in the King James Version]:

Romans 1:26-27: “For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence [sic] of their error which was meet.”)

Carli Madison
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=209255&id=632670866
Prom 2010! :)
39 new photos
Sun at 3:56pm · Share

Martha Duncan Awesome pictures.
Yesterday at 9:54am

Katelyn Senter
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=11893933&id=567645226
Prom! 2010:)
Yesterday at 6:58pm

Katelyn joined the group NO THANK YOU – Constance McMillen.
(The comments are hilarious)
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?v=wall&ref=mf&gid=361015830355

This group keeps popping up:

Name:Proudly Supports School Board Decision
Category:Common Interest – Activities
Description: Dont try to push because we push back
Privacy Type: Closed: Limited public content. Members can see all content.

(Well, we push back, too.)

And I’m spent.


amazedatu | Tuesday April 6, 2010 10:20 am 15

Why on earth would any parent allow his or her child to grind her buttocks into a boy’s penis and call it dancing? Much less be so proud of her lap dance, they’d post in on the internet.

I guess Jesus approves of lap dances?

Oh, I see…that’s what they do for fun down there when they’re not bashing gay people or those with mental disabilities. Those parents and teachers are disgusting on so many levels I couldn’t name them all in a hour.


tenvolt | Tuesday April 6, 2010 11:34 am 16

Note the comment on the Katelyn Senter Facebook page – “Patricia Nichols – Kayelyn this was not prom. this was a party!!!! PROM WAS AT COUNTRY CLUB!!!”

Yeah right, that’s why all these students posted photo galleries titled “Prom 2010″. Trying to cover their @sses for the impending lawsuit/trials…


staraa | Tuesday April 6, 2010 12:33 pm 17

To add to the note on comments- Note the comment on Carli’s prom page: “Margaret Beat- hey carli, i was reading about constance prom stuff just now and found where one website posted a link to your photo album…so if your pictures aren’t private, you might wanna make them private…unless you don’t care :) ‘ kids! did no one ever drill into your heads to make sure all your information is private or not even there on the internet to be found? Not only does it keep you from having people recognize your attempts to cover your butts after the fact more importantly it PROTECTS you from people who would use your information to steal your identities or worse. Please learn to be careful


AZ Matt | Tuesday April 6, 2010 07:27 pm 18
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 11

That sounds like a high school junior. Life is so simple when you know that you are right.


anisaerah | Tuesday April 6, 2010 09:09 pm 19

http://tinyurl.com/itawambahigh

I guess it’s ok to make out with girls as long as it’s for the benefit of the guys…


arin | Tuesday April 6, 2010 11:04 pm 20

Some of the kids finally seem to be getting clued in on how much disgust they’re generating, and have finally bothered to use FaceBook’s privacy settings.

Sadly for them, I already screencapped all their references to “prom” as well as the associated pictures, and sent them off to the ACLU legal department.

If there are legal repercussions from this situation, it will be because U.S. District Court Judge Glen Davidson included this in his opinion on Constance’s legal complaint:

“Though the details of the “private” prom are unknown to the Court, Defendants have made representations, upon which this Court relies, that all IAHS students, including the Plaintiff, are welcome and encouraged to attend.”

Well, yeah. So much for “representations.”

At the very least, I wouldn’t expect the judge to offer any more legal breaks to Itawamba Agricultural High School. He’s going to make them cross every “t” and dot every “i” from here on out. It’s just possible that he’ll hold both the school and the “real prom” organizers in contempt of court, due to the “representations” thing.

It’s not smart to lie to a federal judge. It’s just not.


phenos | Wednesday April 7, 2010 02:14 am 21

several people I know are searching their facebooks for names to add to a list to send to the colleges these kids are applying to, letting them know what kinda hateful people they are


brendanscalling | Wednesday April 7, 2010 08:20 am 22
In response to Teddy Partridge @ 1

seriously, hooray for Constance!
what a sweet kid. i wish her nothing but the best (and for her classless-mates, a future of wal-mart wages and a single-wide).


brendanscalling | Wednesday April 7, 2010 08:23 am 23
In response to phenos @ 21

good.


lsdeedee | Wednesday April 7, 2010 09:46 am 24

I’d like to think that these kids future colleges would care about this, and this may adversely affect them, but I have a sneaking suspicion that those kids who go to college are probably going to the University of Bob or some such lame excuse for higher education.

Constance’s best bet is to get the hell out of Mississippi and find a more enlightened and welcoming place to live.


itawambabigots | Wednesday April 7, 2010 10:42 am 25

arin | Wednesday April 7, 2010 12:29 pm 26
In response to itawambabigots @ 25

If you’re compiling a list of cyberbullies, you may as well add these: http://i.imgur.com/EBibd.jpg

Sweet little angels, aren’t they?


arin | Wednesday April 7, 2010 12:48 pm 27

screwfacecapme | Thursday April 8, 2010 07:29 am 28

The thing I wonder is what’s gonna happen when these kids get out into the real world, and their college roommate ends up being a Muslim or an atheist? Or better yet when they are employed at their first full time job and their boss ends up being a gay black Buddhist or something?


milowent | Thursday April 8, 2010 11:00 am 29

hey i wanted to point out that the “secret” prom used the SAME THEME as the original school sponsored prom – it looks like they even yanked the same props!!!!

this “private” prom was not private at all. it was school endorsed segregation.

this pic is an excerpt from the memo sent to student on feb 5 telling them the theme, along with a clip from one of the prom pics.

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k225/milowent/masquerade1.jpg


aeonic | Thursday April 8, 2010 01:37 pm 30
In response to amazedatu @ 15

I agree! Add to this that the girl’s are barefoot and sleazy (barefoot and pregnant? maybe after THIS “straights only prom”)…Yikes. I would rather my kid attend the other event. A tuxedo would be so much nicer and tame.


aeonic | Thursday April 8, 2010 01:39 pm 31

They kept the same theme “Masquerade” from the school-sponsored prom. Private-Party my Mason-Dixon a**.


lioness | Friday April 9, 2010 02:58 pm 32

Itawamba Community College offers free tuition to anyone who graduates from Itawamba Agricultural High School or the neighboring Lee County High School. LCHS = the Tupelo high school. Tupelo = the hq of The (anti-gay) American Family Association Make sense yet?


makasha | Friday April 9, 2010 05:17 pm 33

@lioness

Well, that eliminates 40% of the bigots anyway (60% graduation rate). Unfortunately, it ensures they can remain in their little insulated world where anything the “majority” wants, the “majority” gets, regardless whether that is discriminatory, violates civil rights, violates true Christian values in favor of modern times’ twisted “I got mine, *F* the rest of you” system of values, or violates the Constitution.

Nice curriculum they must have in Itawamba, MS, one that somehow teaches students empirical, objective right and wrong don’t matter, nor human rights, nor equality for all; only “what Preacher says on Sunday.”


mistakenidentity | Saturday April 10, 2010 12:43 am 34

If they want a private prom, let them. There will always be Christians with their strong beliefs against homosexuality. Protest them, sure, but don’t become petty and post links, pictures, or names of students who took part in it. Or send names of these students to various colleges in the hopes they will be rejected acceptance. What does that achieve? Would a college education make them even more bigoted, or open their eyes? How would less college graduates affect the community?

Why are there general statements insinuating Christians are bigots and uneducated, isn’t that bigotry itself? Revenge is a hateful cycle that only spurs more division and hatred. These comments are so surprising and truly frightening… I thought the message was to end hate, irrationality, and intolerance… Fighting hate with more hate is selfish and vengeful, it doesn’t produce change only more division, and it doesn’t educate those who you aim to hurt.


PearlyWerly | Sunday April 11, 2010 12:00 am 35

Oooh, has anyone seen the movie, “Saved!”, you know the one starring Mandy Moore and Macaulay Culkin as siblings?

Because this entire tirade totally reminds me of it.


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