Junior and senior boys at Cornona del Mar High School in Newport Beach, Calif. created an “NFL-style ‘Prom Draft’” in order to pick their dates for prom. Appalled? Don’t be. Because apparently it’s a tradition!
The Orange County Register reports that the high school has been using the draft “for years,” and just now is school principal Kathy Scott “condemning the tradition, saying it has the potential to objectify or judge those involved.”
A “rule book” for the draft was issued via Twitter (which we sadly could not locate) and outlines the process. It notes that “sophomores can be drafted” and features photos of jerseys with free agent females’ names printed on the back of them. In an e-mail to parents obtained by the Register, Scott notes, “This is not behavior that is consistent with our school’s outstanding reputation.”
The Los Angeles Times reported that one student paid $140 to get a “high first-rank pick so he could select a specific girl.” Another student told the Times, “It’s awkward because he spent a large amount of money to go with someone he doesn’t talk to. And she finds it awkward that he chose her.” While the drafted female students are free to realistically go with who they please, the anonymous student (who must be very glad he has remained anonymous) told the publication, “A lot of the girls respect the draft and stick with those dates.”
Kids. They say the darndest things.
h/t The CutRachel Raczka can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and tweeted @rachelraczka.