The gay rights group Lambda Legal held off on a planned lawsuit against Alexandria High School after school officials convinced the group that two girls would indeed be able to attend the March 10 prom together.
“We’re encouraged by the school district’s response,” said Paul Castillo, lawyer for Lambda, in a telephone interview Wednesday night.
One of the girls made a public “promposal” to the other last month at the school’s talent show. School officials later placed at least one of the girls on in-school detention. School officials said the move was due to a general policy against “promposals” – public, sometimes showy invitations to the dance – and for defying a teacher who told the students, before the show, not to do the promposal.
School officials, in the days after the promposal, said the couple had never been banned from the prom. They also said past proms had included same-sex couples. Lambda sent a letter to the school demanding a written statement that the girls would be allowed to attend. Castillo at the time said the school system hadn’t sent a clear message that the girls would be allowed to attend.
Castillo said the school system gave the group clear assurance Wednesday morning that the couple would be allowed at the prom. By Wednesday afternoon, the group had yet to file suit.
“It’s a good start,” Castillo said. He said school officials and Lambda were still in talks about other demands the group made, including a clear school policy against LGBT harassment and a rewrite of prom dress codes to remove gender-specific language.
Holly Box, deputy superintendent of Calhoun County Schools, said the school system had no comment on the issue.
Box said last week that county schools were reviewing prom dress codes for all county high schools to make sure they were consistent.