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Wilcox County Schools Respond to Integrated Prom

11:45 AM, Apr 6, 2013   |    comments
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Wilcox County High School will explore holding a school-sponsored integrated prom in 2014.

That's according to a statement on the district's website responding to a group of teens who drew national attention this week for organizing their own integrated prom.

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The unsigned statement says principal Chad Davis and the school's leadership team will discuss holding a 2014 prom. School officials have not been available for comment this week, which is spring break week.

The statement emphasizes that the whites-only prom attended by some students is private and not school-sponsored.

And they supported the efforts by a group of Wilcox girls to organize a prom this month that is open to all.

The statement says: "The Board and Superintendent not only applauded the idea, but passed a resolution requesting that all activities involving WCS students be inclusive and non-discriminatory."

The school defended itself against negative criticism, saying "WCHS is much like any other school" and that "students see skin color through their parents' eyes."  They said they were hopeful the actions of the students would create a positive change going forward. "Instead of attacking our school system, its employees, and our community, we ask for your support and prayers as we seek to right the wrongs of the past and be the adults our children look up to."

Since the group of students created an integrated prom, they've gotten more than 14,000 fans on their Facebook page and been picked up by news outlets from Huffington Post to CNN to Gawker.

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