Tue., March 23, 2010 10:15am (EDT)

Same-Sex Prom Date Okay in Rural School
By Associated Press
Updated: 4 years ago

COCHRAN, Ga.  —  
Bleckley County High School, Cochran, Ga. (photo courtesy Bleckley County Board of Education)
Bleckley County High School, Cochran, Ga. (photo courtesy Bleckley County Board of Education)
An 18-year-old senior at Bleckley County High School in Cochran has won approval to bring a same-sex date to the school prom.

Derrick Martin asked permission in January to bring his date to the April 17 dance at the school’s cafeteria. Bleckley County High requires approval in advance for bringing a prom date from outside the county.

Principal Michelle Masters says there's no school policy covering the subject of same-sex dates.

County schools superintendent Charlotte Pipkin says the board discussed the matter but did not take a vote.

Both Masters and Pipkin say the prom will go on as scheduled. A request by a female student in Mississippi to bring a same-sex prom date led to the prom at her school being called off.