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Rural MS school district denies allegations of sham prom

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JACKSON, MS (AP)  A rural Mississippi school district, that was sued by a lesbian student who wanted to bring her girlfriend to the prom, is now denying accusations of creating a "sham prom" at a country club.

The former student claims the prom was a diversion for her while most of her classmates partied elsewhere.

The Itawamba County School District addressed the claims made by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of Constance McMillen.

The papers were filed by the ACLU on Friday with the U.S. District Court in Aberdeen.

Nearly two months ago, McMillen attended a prom at the Fulton Country Club that drew fewer than ten other students from Itawamba Agricultural High School.

Most of her classmates attended a separate event at a nearby community center, to which McMillen was not invited.

The ACLU claims school district superintendent, Teresa McNeece, and attorney, Michele Floyd, attended a meeting with parent organizers where the decision was made to hold separate proms.

McMillen has since transferred to a school in Jackson and is set to graduate next week.

No trial date has been set, but the case has led other school districts to reconsider their prom policies.

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