Same-sex partners at matric dance

2013-09-22 14:36

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Johannesburg - Jeppe Girls High School in Johannesburg agreed to let lesbian pupils take same-sex partners to last night's matric farewell dance - despite fears that this would be disallowed.

According to the Sunday Times, one mother said a teacher had allegedly warned pupils that female partners would be barred. The mother said she then emailed the school requesting permission for her daughter to bring her girlfriend.

This came after a  pupil said a teacher allegedly warned them that the practice of taking same-sex partners would be stopped and that female dates would be escorted out of the venue in Fourways, Johannesburg.

But the headmistress, Dina Goncalves, denied the allegations. She said Jeppe had not denied anyone access to the dance. 

Same sex partners prom dispute

Earlier this year the Huffington Post reported a dispute among the parent, student and staff at Sullivan High School. Initially it had been decided that same sex partners would be allowed at the school prom. Some members of the school community, however, were not content to leave the matter there.

In February some students and parents, and even a teacher put forward a proposal to have an alternate prom that would ban same sex partners. The issue has led to dissension and widespread criticism of both sides of the argument.

The Sullivan High School incident follows a 2010 case in the United States when a student at a high school in the rural district of Itawamba was awarded a settlement after it was found her rights had been violated. The Huffington Post reported that the school district had opted to cancel the prom altogether rather than allow Constance McMillen to attend with a same sex partner.
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