Missouri school's prom policy barring same-sex couples draws threat of legal action

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A small southeast Missouri school district is facing a threat of legal action over a policy barring same-sex couples from attending prom together.

The Southern Poverty Law Center on Thursday accused the Scott County Central School District in Sikeston of discrimination. District superintendent Alvin McFerren declined comment.

The district has just an elementary and a high school, serving a combined 330 students.

The SPLC says Stacy Dawson sought permission to bring his boyfriend to the prom on April 20th, but was told district policy prohibits same-sex couples from attending school dances.

An SPLC attorney says the policy denies Dawson's constitutional rights.

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