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Male Fla. student who ran for prom queen suspended

May 22, 2010

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PEMBROKE PINES, Fla.—A male South Florida high school student who ran for prom queen in drag has been suspended from the dance because of a parking violation.

Flanagan High School's principal had two meetings with senior Oscar Bonilla because administrators were concerned about his safety if he wore a dress to prom. Officials say that when he came to the second meeting, Bonilla parked in a visitor space and ignored orders to move.

Broward schools spokeswoman Nadine Drew says Bonilla was suspended for two days for the parking problem, which kept him from attending Friday's dance.

Bonilla says he was running late and didn't hear a security guard tell him to move his car.

The student, who finished second in voting for prom queen, says he was trying to encourage closeted students to abandon their fears and be themselves.

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Information from: The Miami Herald, http://www.herald.com

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