(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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