A Mississippi school district has agreed to pay $35,000 to a student over a discrimination suit related to the school’s prom. The school had a policy banning same-sex prom dates, and a lesbian student wanted to challenge the policy and bring a same-sex date. Once the student challenged the policy, the school cancelled prom.
The ACLU then filed suit on behalf of the student, and a judge said the student’s rights had been violated, but not require the school to hold prom. In response, the school allegedly held a "sham" prom, which only ten students attended, and the majority of students attended a private event elsewhere.
As a result of the settlement, school officials have also agreed not to discriminate based on sexual orientation in any educational or extracurricular activities, and now forbid harassment on the same grounds.