Derrick Martin asked his principal this year if he could take another male to his senior prom, set for April 17. At first school officials told the 18-year-old that the town of Cochran, with a population of 5,200, wasn’t ready for it. But, the high school only had a policy that barred bringing a date older than the age of 21, so school officials subsequently told Martin they granted his request.
Martin said he got 54 messages Tuesday on Facebook.
Martin said he pushed to take his boyfriend to the dance after hearing about a girl in Mississippi who asked to take her girlfriend to the prom. Her school eventually canceled the dance rather than allow them to attend together.
But because of the media attention, Martin’s parents have kicked him out and the teen is staying with a friend.
COMMENT: Well, of course, you all know what is coming, and quite rightly so too.
For being a great kid and a real gentleman,
young Derrick is, most definitely, our...
BRICK OF THE DAY
And shame on his parents. I suppose they would prefer a bad-mannered, stroppy, drug addled, truanting, gangsta son to a hard working, immaculately turned out, gay one. Well, I'll happily adopt him if his folks don't want him. He looks like just the sort of son who would look after his parents in their old age.