‘Prom draft’ at O.C. high school

May 8, 2014 by

Sitting around a bowl, a group of Newport Beach high school boys took turns plucking folded papers with numbers written on them. The lower their number, the better their odds of landing a prom date with the girl of their choice.

Casting aside the tradition of actually asking someone on a date, some male students at affluent Corona del Mar High School say they select prom dates in an NFL-style draft — selling first-round picks to those eager for a top selection.

High school holds ‘draft’ for prom dates

Corona del Mar High School is under scrutiny for holding an NFL-style prom date draft.

Word of the “prom draft” prompted Kathy Scott, the school’s principal, to send an email to parents over the weekend, saying that “it is not OK for any student to be objectified or judged in any way.”

School officials said they are now investigating the “prom draft,” which was first reported by the Orange County Register. School officials say the draft is being classified as a rumor.

But one student, a junior who is not being identified because he would face potential school disciplinary action, said this is the second year the event has been held.

One junior, he said, paid $140 for a better draft pick to increase his chances of getting first dibs on a specific girl.

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“It’s awkward because he spent a large amount of money to go with someone he doesn’t talk to,” the student said. “And she finds it awkward that he chose her.”

The drafted girls, for the most part, go along with the system, the student said.

“A lot of the girls respect the draft and stick with those dates,” he said.

Last year, the student said, some female students were upset, but only because junior boys were asking out sophomores instead.

“I understand about it seeming like [it’s] objectifying women,” he said, “but when girls ask guys, most of the time they are looking for looks as well in their prom dates.”

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via Talk of ‘prom draft’ at O.C. high school spurs note from principal – Los Angeles Times.

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