A Nevada high school student has been charged with “causing a nuisance” after bringing a Pride flag to celebrate being crowned homecoming queens.
Josh Ocampo, who is non-binary and uses pronouns, was voted homecoming queen Saturday night at their Las Vegas high school.
Coming home was supposed to be a party night for students, but things quickly got out of hand.
Josh Ocampo Was Named Homecoming Queen at a Durango High School Saturday Night
After being crowned, they decided to give a speech to thank fellow student, and draped a flag of pride over their shoulders
Ocampo pulled out a Pride flag popular with the LGBTQ community and slung it over their shoulder
Video footage from the event shows Ocampo winning the competition to the roaring applause of other students.
After speaking to fellow students from a balcony above them, they decided to display the colorful flag that has become a symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and queer pride social movements.
Ocampo draped the flag over their shoulders and continued to receive cheers and applause throughout the event.
But as soon as Ocampo finished speaking, they were told the flag had caused a “campus disturbance” by an unidentified member of school staff.
Ocampo was told the flag violated the school district’s code of conduct
The student has now been reprimanded for their actions during the event
Photos from the event show there were all smiles from those in attendance as Ocampo posed for the camera
The accusation is all the more puzzling, given that the Clark County School District’s code of conduct and dress code make no mention of flags.
“They need someone who loves them, accepts them, period. They are beautiful as they are, every child, ‘mother of two’, Alexandra Lopez told News8.
“That you do that and put that back and scare that kid? New. Don’t be afraid of who you are Josh. Shine,’ said Lopez.
Ocampo took the time to pose for a photo in town wearing their new tiara
Josh Ocampo was overcome with emotion after being proclaimed Homecoming Queen by their peers
While many school parties have been canceled in the past year due to the coronavirus pandemic, they are now back in the classroom and making a comeback.
Some small communities often have problems when it comes to grappling with students and their sexuality.
In April, parents in a rural Ohio town got into an argument at a high school after students voted a lesbian couple king and queen at the last prom.
Annie Wise was called Prom Queen and her friend Riley Loudermilk was called Prom King during a student voice at Kings High School in Kings Mills, a very conservative area of Ohio.
But some parents were less than impressed by the students’ choice, voicing their complaints during a heated school meeting as well as on social media.
“Sorry, but I believe there are still two genders, a man and a woman,” a parent said during the heated gathering. WLWT reported.
She continued: ‘I think tradition stands for a queen with a vagina, a king with a penis and testicles. Period. That’s how it should be. that’s how God intended it.’
When the Kings School District posted a photo of the couple on its Facebook page, it was quickly inundated with negative comments.
Riley Loudermilk, left, was named queen in April of this year and Annie Wise, right, king of their final high school prom in Kings Mills, Ohio
In another bizarre incident, a New Hampshire school came under fire for marking its students with a black Sharpie pen to indicate their vaccination status at the event.
Students at Exeter High School in New Hampshire at their June prom were marked as unvaccinated and vaccinated with a pen.
In a statement on the school’s website, the administrators defended the policy.
During the prom, students were asked to raise their hands to the few numbers so event organizers could “determine who they were in the area with” in an effort to prevent any kind of covid spread.