GA seniors push for integrated prom

GA seniors push for integrated prom

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by WCNC.com Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on April 3, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 3 at 5:41 PM

They share the same classrooms and play together on the same teams, but students at Wilcox County High School have two separate proms-- one for whites, the other for students of color.

But for one group of students, it's time for change.

Some members of the senior class, both black and white, say they're embarrassed their school is stuck in the past.

Last year the police turned away a bi-racial student who tried to attend the "white" prom.    

"We are all friends; that's just kind of not right that we can't go to prom together,” one student expressed.

"’We need to stick with the tradition, this is a traditional thing. We don't need to change’ and stuff like. I'm like, 'but why?' No one can answer my question. Exactly, they think that nothing's broken so why fix it," another student said.

The school offered a resolution:  to permit an integrated prom but says it will still have the segregated proms.

The senior class is raising money to pay for the integrated dance.
 

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