PROM NIGHT

School Settles with Mississippi Teen for $35K

In an ending even better than Footloose, the Itawamba School District has agreed to pay 18-year-old Constance McMillen $35,000 for discriminating against her. Rather than allow the teen to bring her girlfriend to the school's prom, the school canceled it instead. McMillen says she was taken to a “sham prom” while the rest of the students partied elsewhere. The school district has agreed to follow a non-discrimination policy, though says the settlement is not an admission of wrongdoing. McMillen said of the outcome: "I knew it was a good cause, but sometimes it really got to me. I knew it would change things for others in the future and I kept going and I kept pushing."