Woman: Daughter disciplined after same-sex prom invitation

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Posted: Feb 01, 2018 4:54 PM

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama woman says her daughter has been disciplined after asking another girl to attend the high school prom.

Jeanise Ross-Walton told The Associated Press on Thursday that her 17-year-old daughter Janizia Ross was given an in-school suspension following the proposal.

The woman says her daughter asked out another girl on stage during a talent show at Alexandria High School, located in eastern Alabama. She says a student acting as the master of ceremonies also was disciplined.

Ross-Walton says she believes her daughter is being singled out because it was a same-sex proposal.

A statement from the Calhoun County School District says reports about the incident may have created a "misimpression" about what happened. It says an investigation showed officials "fully honored" a commitment to equal educational opportunities for everyone.