Spokesman: Gov. Deal Won't Comment on Wilcox Prom

12:12 PM, Apr 11, 2013   |    comments
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Gov. Nathan Deal won't take sides in the controversy over some Wilcox County teens' efforts to integrate their prom.

By email, his spokesman, Brian Robinson, said Deal would have no response to a liberal group's call for state officials, including the governor to speak out.

He wrote, "This is a leftist front group for the state Democratic party and we're not going to lend a hand to their silly publicity stunt."

Better Georgia asked Deal and others "to publicly support the students of Wilcox County who are fighting to end a 'separate-but-equal' high school prom."

The group's release listed seven Georgia state representatives -- four Democrats, three Republicans -- who have reportedly issued statements of support for the Wilcox students.

The Republicans include Ed Lindsey of Atlanta, who is the House majority whip, and Rep. Buzz Brockway of Lawrenceville, also a blogger. Lindsay announced Wednesday that he is running for Congress in Atlanta's 11th Congressional District.

Wilcox County High School has no official prom, but for years, some parents and students have organized a private whites-only segregated prom. School officials say they have no control over that and have issued a statement in support of the integrated prom.

They say school officials will discuss whether to hold an official prom, open to all, in 2014.

Also jumping into the issue is Melvin Everson, a former Republican candidate for labor commissioner who was born in Wilcox County. Everson has helped to raise money for the students' integrated prom.

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