Miss America: Don't Suspend Guy Who Asked Me to Prom

She says she's flattered but she can't make it
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 21, 2014 2:14 AM CDT
Updated Apr 21, 2014 2:44 AM CDT

(Newser) – Miss America won't be going to the prom with the Pennsylvania high school student who asked her to be his date—but she wants the school to reconsider its decision to suspend him for asking. "I was flattered by the gesture although I am unfortunately unable to attend due to my travel schedule. I later learned of the disciplinary action taken and reached out to the school in hopes that they will reconsider their decision," Nina Davuluri said in a statement on the pageant's Facebook page, the York Dispatch reports.

Officials at Central York High School say 18-year-old Patrick Farves was handed a three-day suspension for popping the question after having been warned not to. The senior, who remains dateless, says he now feels bad about the way the stunt overshadowed the first Indian-American winner of the pageant's efforts to promote diversity. "She was trying to get across a very strong message—about how it's not about your beliefs or the color of your skin, but who you are," he tells the New York Daily News. (Read more Miss America stories.)

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