High school student enjoying 15 minutes of fame after prom stunt

Miss America, Nina Davuluri. (Image Credit: CBS News)

Miss America, Nina Davuluri. (Image Credit: CBS News)

(CBS News) – A Pennsylvania teen who was suspended from school for asking Miss America to the prom may be too busy enjoying his 15 minutes of fame to regret losing out on a date.

Miss America Nina Davuluri visited Central York High School in York, Pa., on Thursday to speak about diversity. Patrick Farves, an 18-year-old senior, decided it would be the perfect opportunity to ask her in public to be his date for the big dance.

School administrators got wind of the planned stunt and told Farves not to importune the guest speaker.

But Farves went ahead with his prom proposal, presenting the beauty queen with a plastic purple flower.

Davuluri declined graciously, but school officials weren’t quite so nice about it. They handed Farves a 3.5-day suspension, although it’s to be served in school, where he’ll have to work in one classroom with no talking.

The Twitter outrage was immediate. What’s wrong with daring to dream big? people asked.Where is the freedom of speech?

“The student was instructed not to do something,” Michael Wagner, president of the Central York School District’s board of school directors, told the York Dispatch newspaper. “He chose to do it anyway, and there are consequences.”

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25 comments

  • MAK

    This is ridiculous. How are kids suppose to have any self esteem if they are not allowed to dream big. If the boy was rude to her, maybe I would feel differently but it was completely harmless. He shouldn’t have been told not to ask her in the first place. Schools nowadays crushing dreams one kid at a time…I definitely would have done the same thing he did.. It obviously meant a lot to him & now I’m sure he has one less thing to check off on his bucket list! Go him for having confidence in himself & acting like a gentleman!

    • SB

      @Naboo Snakbarr: You are an idiot. There is a difference between killing and asking someone for a date. What’s wrong with asking someone for a date? The principal shouldn’t interfere with that poor soul’s personal life. What else, is he going to ask him not to marry and have kids???

      • Bob

        He did it in the middle of a school assembly where he was distinctly asked to not create a disruption.
        If he was outside of the assembly fine, but, he wasn’t.

  • ?

    She might have accepted, if he’d gotten a real flower. Come on man, it’s Miss America. You better be showing up with something.

  • MadamButtrfli

    Seems like everybody is missing the point. It’s not about “dreaming big” and “no harm done”, it’s about the young man DISOBEYING, discipline, consequences. A lack of consequences in the society is one of the reason that prisons are so full and we have a generation of people who behave such indifference. This boy displayed no respect for authority. What we don’t know is was this just some goofy stunt (still need a consequence) or does this child have a history of rule breaking. Imagine your neighbor showing apathy to your property and personal space or even your being. How would you feel about he’s just having fun then?

    • Say What

      This is the South! We do not care about authority and rules. We do as we please and have guns to back us up if you do not like what we do. That is why our news is full of personal violence and crime! If you want a life of law and order you will have to move away form us!! Only socialist bow down to authority! As we say, the government (and the laws they make) is not the solution — they are the problem!

    • Susie Smith Dial

      My children’s high school forbids students from defending themselves if they are physically attacked at school. If they do, they will spend time in the alternative learning environment at the county jail. Though these two scenarios seem different, they both involve administrations that lack common sense. The young man was not planning anything malicious. The administration is more concerned about appearances than learning opportunities. The punishment also does not fit the crime, just as with a student at our local high school does not deserve “jail school” if defending one’s self. We need administrators with common sense instead of bureaucrats.

  • Annette Williams

    There was nothing wrong with that young man to ask her to the prom.What is such a big deal about it?I think it is totally wrong for suspending him.It shows he has courage and class….doesn’t it?Also shows he goes after what he wants.He might grow up to be worth millions of dollars or president one day.I say”Go for what you want and don’t let nothing get in your way”.

  • Elizabeth Teal

    I agree with MadamButtrfli!! It’s not about the asking it’s about not following the rules!! That’s what’s wrong with a lot of kids today.That’s why so many get into trouble and end up in jail. They have no respect for any law or rule.Kids have to learn to obey what they are told!!!

  • Ralph Connor Jr

    So if you wanted to buy an ice cream bar in the lunch line at school but the principal told you not to do it but you did it anyway, you wouldn’t have a problem with that and would gladly accept your 3.5 day suspension knowing you disobeyed the principal? You’d be whining your butt off to someone that the principal had no authority to restrict your lunch. No one in the administration had the right to restrict the student’s free speach rights knowing that what he would attempt breaks no laws in this country. How many of you people crying about rules come to a complete stop and ensure the right of way is clear before you make that right turn on red? If you can snicker “not me” then get a life of your own. If you’re going to preach “rules” then you better be the one best suited to cast the first stone before jumping on your soap box about rule breakers…

  • jaxbeach

    Really people!!!! This is truly the proproblem in today’s world.instead of worrying about your drug dealers that are pushing drugs in the school and center in your attention on those activities we would much rather suspend someone doing something harmless in the 80′s we would not have been suspended for that. If your gonna dream then dream big. Until you are on the receiving end of a child with a gun shot wound to the head at 14 that he got at school in the hallway and you have to look at the family and say I’m sorry would you like to make him a donor then you are clueless to the things kids are doing and being exposed to which makes his act of bravery simply an 18 yr old kid taking a chance. If the Marines can get a celebrity to go with them to the Marine Corp ball by asking why not him. I think people need to prioritize there so called disobedience ideas and get a grip on life. We only go around 1 time folks don’t sweat the small stuff that truly hurt no one except his pride when she devlined. Get a life and let him have his…As far as t h e sc h oil do wh a t the policy says by no means look at the severity of the act which there was none. Put your priorities in place and protect the children from the things they need to be protected from. Truth be told they were probably more upset for not having the guts to do it when they were 18!####

  • patricia barnes

    Whatever happened to free speech. I could see if he was going to do something that would hurt others, but this is not the case.

  • jaxbeach

    Really people!!!! This is truly the problem in today’s world.instead of worrying about your drug dealers that are pushing drugs in the school and center in your attention on those activities we would much rather suspend someone doing something harmless in the 80′s we would not have been suspended for that. If your gonna dream then dream big. Until you are on the receiving end of a child with a gun shot wound to the head at 14 that he got at school in the hallway and you have to look at the family and say I’m sorry would you like to make him a donor then you are clueless to the things kids are doing and being exposed to which makes his act of bravery simply an 18 yr old kid taking a chance. If the Marines can get a celebrity to go with them to the Marine Corp ball by asking why not him. I think people need to prioritize there so called disobedience ideas and get a grip on life. We only go around 1 time folks don’t sweat the small stuff that truly hurt no one except his pride when she devlined. Get a life and let him have his…As far as the school by all means do what the policy says by no means look at the severity of the act which there was none. Put your priorities in place and protect the children from the things they need to be protected from. Truth be told they were probably more upset for not having the guts to do it when they were 18!####

  • Kylie

    It was a stupid rule to start with. Pick your battles, 18 is old enough to die for your country but not ask miss America to prom.i wouldn’t let someone else decide for me . Would YOU?

  • Michael

    I’m with the kid on this one. Just because “authority” says it’s wrong, doesn’t actually make it wrong. This kid got a ONCE in a lifetime opportunity to make the most of his senior prom, which he only gets once, and the school decides that’s over the line?

    No wonder we’re raising a nation of pansies. It’s hard enough teaching kids to go for what they want in life, including when it comes to the opposite sex. Just asking out the good-looking cheerleader in math class is too tough for a lot of boys. This guy mans up and asks freakin’ Miss America for a date and gets punished for it?

    Don’t worry kid. Just stick it out one more month, grab your diploma, then get out there in the real world where courage isn’t punished because of some stupid arbitrary order from some cranky old draconian school “leader.”

  • Karinttt

    The principle or school authorities shouldn’t have told him “not to ask” a simple, respectful question. If this had been an embarrassing or inappropriately ugly question, sure. Of all people, she should have been able to deal with this young man’s question. After all, she is supposed to be diplomatic. What if she had said “Yes?” It was his right to ask the question if there was a question and answer period. And, what if she had said “Yes?” School leaders need to stick to behavioral problems, to school bullying, to cursing and ugliness, to morally wrong behavior. Asking this question doesn’t fall anywhere in that category. It was a flattering question that she did have the skills to answer as she saw fit.

  • Bob

    Congratulations Michelle on reporting the whole story. Good job on telling half the story! You definitely deserve an award for this.

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