José Fernández's tragic passing has affected so many people.
The late sports star's longtime love reflected on their time together, writing:
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Claudetteia Love is one inspiring young lady!
Just months before Claudetteia's prom, the openly gay high school senior learned she wouldn't be allowed to wear a tux to the event.
While it's hard for us to understand why such a bizarre and outdated rule was forced upon Love, the ambitious high school senior has a disturbing theory behind the drama.
The Louisiana native believes her high school administrators are discriminating against her for being gay, explaining:
"I told my mom, 'They're using me'. They put me in all these honors and advanced-placement classes so I can take all of these tests and get good grades and better the school, but when it's time for me to celebrate the fact that I've accomplished what I need to accomplish and I'm about to graduate, they don't want to let me do it, the way I want to."
Ugh, how unfair! Even if Claudetteia was a bad student (which she's NOT) she still has the right to wear what she wants, especially since there is no official rule at her high school stating otherwise.
"The principal said that the faculty that is working the prom told him they weren't going to work the prom if girls were going to wear tuxes. That's his exact words: 'Girls wear dresses and boys wear tuxes, and that's the way it is.'"
Luckily for the high schooler, the city's school board president is NOT happy with the antiquated rule, saying:
"As school board president, I don't agree with Carroll banning her from her prom just because of what she wants to wear – that's discrimination. As far as I know there is no Monroe City School Board policy saying what someone has to wear to attend the prom. You can't just go making up policies."
In addition to the school board's supportive response, Love's classmates and friends have worked really hard to change the minds of administrators. Some students have even joined Claudetteia in boycotting!
Regardless of what happens, it's clear the senior has a bright future ahead. In the fall, Claudetteia will be a college freshman at Jackson State University.
We hope you get to attend prom in a tux, girl!
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