Saturday, April 19, 2014

Student suspended for asking Miss America to the prom

Totally worth it!

A Pennsylvania teenager suspended from school for three days for asking Miss America to prom says he wouldn’t take back the gutsy move.

“I was set on doing it. It was a once-in-a-lifetime chance. It was a cool way to go out with a bang for senior year,” Patrick Favres, 18, of Manchester Township, told The New York Post on Saturday.

Word spread around Central York High School that Favres planned to pop the question at a school assembly on Thursday , where beauty queen Nina Davuluri spoke about diversity.

School administrators caught wind. Ten minutes before the assembly started, they warned Favres not to do it.

Favres — a popular class clown, who plays the drums — went ahead with his plan, and handed Davuluri a plastic pink flower that made her laugh and students cheer.

Instead of a date, Favres says, he was booted out of the assembly and slapped with three days of in-school suspension for “deliberately defying” school administrators.

Students and other supporters quickly took to Twitter to blast the school for the too-harsh punishment, spawning the hashtag #freepatty.

“The Administration needs to get over its overly rigid self. How shameful!,” Tweeted @Maryannaville.

“Given the opportunity I would’ve tried the same thing, 3 days ISS for asking Ms. America to prom is ridiculous,” wrote @ChaseNeiderer.

But Favres says he deserved the punishment and has “learned a lot.” He hopes he didn’t offend Miss America, who was “a good sport about it,” he said.

His mom, Anne Favres, 58, said, “ He deserved some discipline but three days is a little harsh.”

“He’s a cool kid … he’s a very trust worthy. I don’t have to worry about him, ” she added.

Favres attends wants to study media at Point Park University next year.

School officials didn’t return a requests for comment on Saturday.

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