PACIFIC, Mo. (AP) - Administrators of an eastern Missouri high school plan to discipline several students involved in a prank that nominated a girl for homecoming queen as a joke.
Nominations were announced last week for homecoming queen at Pacific High School. The nominees included a girl who has attention deficit disorder. Her parents soon realized she had been targeted as a joke. Her name was not released.
The girl's parents spoke with other parents who confirmed their suspicions about the homecoming vote. Anonymous emails to them also alerted them that the vote was part of a prank.
Superintendent Randy George told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/S250m4 ) that several students will be disciplined under the school's harassment and bullying policy. They could get up to a 10-day suspension. They'll also be excluded from homecoming activities.
The girl's mother says the girl stayed home Monday and Tuesday but returned to school Wednesday. She plans to participate in homecoming festivities, including a parade on Saturday.
"Maybe if we all show up as a united front and the kids embrace her, I think that maybe we can begin to get past it," the mother said.
She said the girl has forgiven the students behind the incident and hopes other students will forgive them, too. The family does not plan to seek any additional punishment, the parents told the Post-Dispatch.
Police patrols will increase for Saturday's parade, and the dance next week, George said.
"We've got a little more focus on our parade, so naturally we need to have some more security," he said.
Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com