Mississippi School District Pays Teen $35K in Prom Case

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Eighteen-year-old Constance McMillen and the American Civil Liberties Union reached a settlement with a Mississippi school district, which agreed to pay the teen $35,0000 in damages and enact a school policy that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation, reports CNN.

"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.

In April, Itawamba Agricultural High School told Constance that if she and her girlfriend showed up at the prom, they would both be told to leave. The school-sponsored prom was later canceled based on "the education, safety and well-being of [its] students."

Constance was sent to an alternative prom, which she said was rumored to be "a joke" set up just for her. According to the ACLU statement, Constance "suffered humiliation and harassment after parents, students and school officials executed a cruel plan to put on a decoy prom for her while the rest of her classmates were at a private prom 30 miles away."
In March, talk show host Ellen Degeneres presented the teen with a $30,000 scholarship and praised her for standing up for gay and lesbian rights. Since then, Constance has received tons of public support, as well as another $30,000 scholarship from an anonymous donor. %Poll-49842%

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