Parents blow up Ohio rural high school after students choose a lesbian couple to be king and queen of the prom
Parents in a rural Ohio town entered a high school after the students named a lesbian couple their senior prom king and queen.
Annie Wise was called Prom Queen and her friend Riley Loudermilk was called Prom King during a student vote at Kings High School in Kings Mills, a very conservative part of Ohio, on April 17.
But some parents were not overly impressed with the students’ choice and expressed their complaints during a heated school meeting and on social media.
The meeting was held a week after the prom was held in the school district 26 miles northeast of Cincinnati.
“ Sorry, but I believe there are still two genders, a man and a woman, ” said a parent during the heated gathering. WLWT reported.
She continued, “I think tradition represents a queen with a vagina, a king with a penis and testicles. Period of time. That’s the way it should be. that’s how God intended it. ‘
But not all parental responses were negative. Another parent speaking at the meeting was supportive, saying she admired their generation “for their thirst for knowledge and understanding, their strength to stand up for what they believe in.”
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Riley Loudermilk, left, was called Queen and Annie Wise, right, King from their senior prom at High School in Kings Mills, Ohio
An unnamed parent attended a Kings High School meeting a week after prom to complain about the school the two teens called King and Queen
When the Kings School District posted a photo of the couple to its Facebook page, it was quickly inundated with negative comments.
The district wrote, ‘Congratulations to Kings High School 2021 Prom King and Queen,’ along with a photo of Wise and Loudermilk wearing crowns and sashes.
But one of the commentators said that the girls should have “Jesus” in their lives.
Prom Queen Loudermilk, 18, narrated NBC that the school’s social media administrators struggled to track and remove negative comments as they flooded the page.
Another parent dropped out at school in general, complaining, “I am informed that at least one teacher who flies not only the BLM flag but also a gay pride flag is refusing to fly the American flag.”
Another fell out with the school’s decision to put the New York Times best-selling book ‘Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You’ on an English reading list and call the book racist, WLWT reports.
The couple, who have been dating for six months, received a lot of negative response on social media, and a parent complained at a heated school gathering that “ there are still two genders, a man and a woman. ”
Traci Loudermilk, above, mother of Riley, said she was ‘angry’ because other adults commented on her daughter
But there were also thousands of statements of support for the couple, with many commentators praising the school and encouraging the teens to “ be their authentic selves. ”
Dawn Goulding, a community relations coordinator for the school district, said they were behind the decision – which was made by the couples’ classmates.
“This is a Kings High School class nominated and voted initiative only,” she told local branch WLWT.
Traci Loudermilk, mother of Riley, told CNN partner WLWT.com that she was upset that adults were commenting on her daughter, who had been dating Wise for six months.
“It made me angry that adults were commenting on a high school dance.”
Riley told Loudermilk CNN she would never forget the moment she was told.
Usually the king and queen of the prom is like a popularity contest, and none of us are really in that popularity spectrum.
A photo posted on Kings Local School District’s Facebook page received 2,100 comments – despite the school struggling to keep up with the negative
But they said they were pleasantly surprised by the largely positive response to their prom in a very conservative part of Ohio.
Wise added that it was “super overwhelming.” It was the best feeling in the world, certainly something I will never forget. ‘
The teens said the experience had been generally positive, and their school supported that they were a lesbian couple.
“Some people say they are proud that their children attend such an accepting school,” Wise said CNN.
“Some students have told me that they are comfortable gay at Kings and that they are more comfortable with themselves now that they feel they have an accepting and supportive student body behind them.”
Kings Local School District describes itself as a High Performing District in Ohio.