For the third time in the past couple of weeks, there’s a fuss over a high school prom in the nation, according to CBS News. The most recent headache for school administrators crept up on Saturday when news broke that a cross-dressing Texas teen wanted to go as “Sally” instead of “Harry” and the assistant principal said “no.”
There was a time, decades ago when prom night was predictably boring. Prior to the event, Harry asked Sally to go, and the only news was when Sally wore something cut too low, too high, or when she dumped Harry at the last minute to go with a hunkier date.
The times, they are a-changin’. In this day and age, the pre-prom gossip comes in the form of “Harry” wanting to go as “Sally”, or “Harry” wanting to go with “Richie” instead of “Sally” – which is not of concern because quite often “Sally” would rather go with “Mary” anyway.
Specifically, Tony Zamazal, a senior at Spring High School outside of Houston, reportedly feels more comfortable in women’s clothing and wants to wear a blond wig, a red dress, and black heels to the prom. The assistant principal won’t have it. Yet, Zamazal can appeal the assistant principal’s decision to the principal. So far, the young man has not appealed - yet.
In the past couple of weeks there was a case where a superintendent of a southeast Missouri high school initially had a problem with a young male bringing his boyfriend to the prom – but the superintendent had a change of heart after legal action was threatened. Another case involved an Indiana high school in which parents and students tried to raise money for a private prom that would ban gay students from attending.
Of course, it is only February. Therefore, unlike the boring prom night stories of the past, there may be a parade of other prom night stories to follow for the spring of 2013.