It all started with the high school lesbian couple’s “very public prom proposal,” according to KPRC-TV.
As video cameras rolled, Sam Washburn walked her girlfriend Shenta Knox toward a poster on a wall at Morton Ranch High School in Katy, Texas, that read “prom?” the station said.
And that was that.
But the couple also wanted on the prom court — and so they threw their hats into the ring, KPRC said.
Knox ran for prom queen, and Washburn ran for prom king, the station noted, adding that Knox explained why in her “social media campaign”:
“Since me and my girl both wanna be on prom court but MRHS doesn’t have 2 queen slots,” Knox wrote, “…vote Shenta Knox as prom queen and Sam Washburn as prom ‘king’ next Monday!”
Then the votes came out
The couple believed that their fellow students supported them: “I was feeling confident, but then the votes came out and I thought, ‘Well dang, maybe we didn’t have that much support,'” Washburn told KPRC.
The girls told the station they heard whispers that they indeed had enough votes — so why weren’t they on prom court?
“Maybe that’s the detention we got?” Washburn recalled to KPRC. “A week prior, we had both left school and went to lunch, which is not allowed anymore.”
The girls told the station they asked a school official if their detention got them pulled from prom court.
“He said, ‘Of course not,'” Knox told KPRC. “‘For something that minor I wouldn’t do that; you all didn’t get enough votes.'”
Then parents got involved
So Knox, Washburn and Knox’s parents asked for a meeting Friday, the station reported.
“I was, like, ‘It’s not for anything going on discipline-wise?'” Shera Knox, Shenta’s mom, recounted to KPRC. “And he was, like, ‘No, Shenta’s a good kid.’ These are good kids.”
They asked to see the vote count, the station said, but the school district said Knox and Washburn would only be allowed to see their own vote count — and that wouldn’t give them enough information.
Was their sexuality an issue?
The couple then wondered if being a lesbian couple cost them spots on prom court — except that the prom court ended up including a transgender student, KPRC reported.
“Show us that the girls together did not earn it and that they were not just taken off the list because they’re a female couple,” Shera Knox noted to the station.
Then the truth emerges…
Knox and Washburn got their answer later on Friday, KPRC said: Turns out they’d been knocked out of prom court contention over disciplinary reasons after all.
The school district told the station there are three prerequisites for prom court: The most nominations, good grades and no student disciplinary issues. Nominees who lack those criteria are removed from consideration from prom court, KPRC said.
Will they still go to prom?
“Yeah, I’m still going to prom,” Knox told the station. “I’m really excited.”
(H/T: Louder With Crowder)