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Viewers Believe Actions by School Discriminated Against Lesbian Prom Couple


Prom Cancellation
Vast majority feel actions by school to cancel prom were inappropriate

Flemington, NJ, March 15, 2010 – A new media study among 211 viewers of a news clip regarding a school prom that was cancelled after a female student protested because she was not allowed to take her girlfriend as a date revealed that the majority of viewers (77%) believed that the school’s actions were an act of discrimination.   

The study was conducted during March 12-15 by HCD Research using its MediaCurves.com® website, to obtain viewers’ perceptions a news clip featuring a school’s decision to cancel the prom after one student protested about not being able to take her girlfriend as a date. To view detailed results go to: www.mediacurves.com.

The vast majority of viewers (88%) indicated that the actions by the school were not appropriate. In addition, more than one-third of viewers who have Facebook accounts (34%) indicated that they would become a fan of the Facebook page created to support this student bringing her date to prom.

Among the findings:

Do you think that the actions taken by this school were an act of discrimination?

 

Total

Yes

77%

No

23%

Do you think that the actions of the school to cancel prom were appropriate?

 

Total

Yes

12%

No

88%

Do you think schools should be allowed to regulate a students’ prom date choice?

 

Total

Yes

23%

No

77%

Would you become a fan of the Facebook page that supports allowing this student to bring her same-sex date to prom?

 

Total

Yes

34%

No

38%

Maybe

27%

While viewing the video, participants indicated their perceived levels of agreement by moving their mouse from left to right on a continuum. The responses were recorded in quarter-second intervals and reported in the form of curves. The participants were also asked to respond to post-viewing questions.

Editors/Reporters: For more information on the study, or to speak with Glenn Kessler, president and CEO, HCD Research, please contact Vince McGourty, HCD Research, at (908) 483-9121 or (vince.mcgourty@hcdi.net).  You can also receive updates from MediaCurves.com by following us on Twitter:  http://twitter.com/mediacurves and Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Flemington-NJ/MediaCurves/86691908820

HCD Research is a marketing and communications research company headquartered in Flemington, NJ.  The company's services include traditional and web-based research.  For additional information on HCD Research, access the company’s web site at www.hcdi.net or call HCD Research at 908-788-9393.  MediaCurves.com® (www.mediacurves.com) is a media measurement website that provides the media and general public with a venue to view Americans’ perceptions of popular and controversial media events and advertisements.

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RE: Prom Cancellation
by juliannenews (User #235907) on Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 5:36:27 PM (#5276)
Although I don't agree with same sex marriage, I think everyone should beable to attend the school prom- and just because am a student chooses to go with another same sex student does not necessarily mean they are "gay". We are too hung up on silly minor issues in this country.
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by jpower (User #237570) on Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 5:36:27 PM (#5277)
think the school has some responsibility to monitor who comes to the prom - what if a girl wanted to bring a 25 year old date? This should be just as unacceptable.
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by cindi0408 (User #237430) on Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 5:36:27 PM (#5278)
I think the school is wrong and students should be allowed to go to a prom alone, or escorted by a date, either by the opposite or same sex
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by ajsweeney (User #237599) on Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 5:36:27 PM (#5279)
I feel the school is wrong for cancelling the prom and trying to say who a student can or cannot bring. If two girls were going together as friends I don't believe they would have had the same reaction. I don't feel that it is out and out discrimination, but I do feel the school took the wrong course of action here.
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by bajarman1 (User #209597) on Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 5:36:27 PM (#5280)
I do not approve of the Gay community but they are US citizens and have rights. I do think they should keep their sexual preference to them selves. This girl should have kept quiet and just showed up at the prom.I do believe a couple are one man and one woman.
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by jmehlmauer (User #237643) on Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 5:36:27 PM (#5281)
I think the school is sending a bad masage because it is done her a lot harm
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by carpoolcat2000 (User #237667) on Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 5:36:27 PM (#5282)
I do not believe in same-sex couples because I am a Christian and in the same breath we, as people are entitled to our own decisions as governed by the constitution and God created all people equal and nobody should be discriminated against because of their choices. God is the only one who should judge.
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by beccahal (User #237256) on Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 5:36:27 PM (#5283)
i think the teachers and school board members need to stop pretending to be so shocked and the same thiing with the parents , because their religious affiliates are showing and they aren't as pure as they think, tell them to stop and think about the next time they take a drink or smoke a cigarette, don't they say that it's against god's laws too????????
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by taylorsnanny (User #236874) on Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 5:36:27 PM (#5284)
I am conflicted. If this state voted to allow same-sex marriage then the school should not have taken the position it did. As it is, there are still areas of the country where these girls may have been hurt or killed because of their gay openness.
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by jrizatzoom (User #229856) on Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 5:36:27 PM (#5285)
tough subject
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by OGoree (User #251389) on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 @ 12:35:09 AM (#6490)
Humans are humans. No matter if we are black or white. Gay or straight. Cancelling a senior prom because a female chose to take another female or a male decides to take another male is far beyond discrimination. This shouldnt matter. For the school to go along with something of this manner is far beyond insane. LET HUMANS BE HUMANS & STOP DISCRIMINATING!!
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by butterfly77ckc (User #237096) on Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 5:36:27 PM (#5286)
People need to stop judging. Let everyone live the way they want to live.
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by alleyesoncee22 (User #237682) on Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 5:36:27 PM (#5287)
I support this young lady and hope everything works out
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by keiffer007 (User #237531) on Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 5:36:27 PM (#5288)
This is appalling that the school system doesn't educate people on diversity and behaves like this!~
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by littledeb510 (User #237302) on Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 5:36:27 PM (#5289)
People are people.It should not interfer with school work or other work or learning facilities.Our job at work is to work and our job at school is to learn.Sexually matters should be kept private between two people.
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by Unique35 (User #237777) on Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 5:36:27 PM (#5290)
the problem in this world is people are always judging people regardless of the situation and soon as someone responds in a way they didn't think they would,it's an even bigger problem
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by xgottagetoutx (User #237806) on Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 5:36:27 PM (#5291)
This girl should be allowed to take her female date to prom. It is discrimination that she is not allowed to take the person she wants.
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by chet1952vet (User #237293) on Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 5:36:27 PM (#5292)
I think that school officials are now and always have been over stepping their boundaries.But when didn't they?
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by mowery24 (User #237359) on Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 5:36:27 PM (#5293)
i can not believe how narrow minded that school is. The discrimination is so wrong.
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by pairington (User #237415) on Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 5:36:27 PM (#5294)
to many organizations are trying to parent our children today, including schools and welfare departments. Both those organizations fulfill a need in our communities, HOWEVER it is not their job to parent our children unless we give up that right ourselves in some major way.
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by ocean#1 (User #252941) on Tuesday, April 5, 2011 @ 1:13:24 PM (#6511)
I think not allowing for this girl to bring her girlfriend was biased and racist, but i do believe monitoring of dates is necessary because we do not want children bring in dates that ar 24 or 25 years old to a high school dance.
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by Soud (Anonymous User) on Sunday, January 8, 2012 @ 3:58:21 AM (#7223)
Why is there no single set of rules on what schools can and can't do? Isn't that something that the U.S. Department of Education should draft up? It seems as if each school can set their own rules, that can contradict those set by another. If there was a set standard,there wouldn't be any questions in regards to who can and can not attend a prom, who can and can not graduate. Just my 2 cents...
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by Holley01 (User #267758) on Thursday, April 25, 2013 @ 4:39:58 PM (#8462)
I don't agree with being gay I think it is a sin but I think that punishing a child for there thoughts, beliefs or feelings is wrong. I also think that what someone feels or believes at 18 is not the same as your thoughts at 28 so let the kids live and have fun.
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