By now I am guessing you heard the story about the Pennsylvania high school senior who, while Miss America was visiting his school, asked her to go with him to the prom. The school had warned him they thought it was inappropriate so they suspended him for 3 days.
The school defended its position saying “It is not our practice to discipline a student for asking someone – even Miss America – to a school dance, however, it is our practice to set expectations for student behavior, to communicate those expectations and rules to students and families and to ensure those rules are followed within our schools.”
It seems a little harsh to me. I was 18 once… forty-five years ago, and I remember saying and doing stupid things. Hell, I did something stupid yesterday. There are moments I think stupidity has defined my life. But that’s another story.
Miss America, Nina Davulari, contacted Central York High School and asked them to reconsider the punishment. Asking celebrities to prom has become fashionable in the last few years and some notable personalities have accepted. That list would include Demi Lovato, Brook Shields, Rihanna, Brandy and Justin Bieber. I’m no fan of Biebs, but he deserves props for this one. He couldn’t make the prom, but later invited the young lady who invited him, and her sister, to accompany him to the Billboard Awards. Methinks that might have been cooler than the high school prom.
My advice to the school, “Lighten up.” Here in Broward last week an honor student stabbed another kid. There are worse things going on than asking one of the most beautiful women in the world to accompany you to prom. Focus on what is important. Help fix the problems in our schools and our society, not by punishing a pretty good kid, but by identifying and eradicating the real, underlying issues, which, by the way, do not include ignoring some dean of boys instruction to not proffer and invitation to prom to the reigning Miss America.
My biggest problem with this kid is his name is Patrick Farves. How does he pronounce that? There is a former NFL quarterback with the name Favre who pronounces it “FARV.” I have never understood how you could put the “R” before the “V.” I could accept Fav-reh. I would be ok with a pronunciation similar to “favor.” But, sorry, FARV just doesn’t work for me with a spelling of FAVRE.
So anyway, good luck. I hope your grades don’t suffer due to your 3 day, in-school, suspension. I hope it doesn’t affect your chances at a scholarship. Maybe it will enhance your profile with some universities. Ya got hutzpah kid. Stand out from the crowd, and if you’re being run out of town, get in front and make it look like a parade.