Miss America contestant, Miss New York Nina Davuluri (L), reacts with 2013 Miss America Mallory Hagan after being chosen winner of the 2014 Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey, September 2013. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Miss America has suggested officials at a York, Pa. high school reconsider their decision to suspend a student for approaching her at a school assembly and asking her to be his prom date, the beauty queen said this past weekend.
Central York High School senior Patrick Farves, 18, approached 2014 Miss America Nina Davuluri on Thursday at a school assembly bearing a plastic flower and asked her to his prom. A video of the exchange, later posted to a local newspaper's website, showed the crowd of students erupt in laughter and cheers.
"I was flattered by the gesture, although I am unfortunately unable to attend due to my travel schedule," Davuluri said in a statement posted to the pageant's Facebook page.
"I later learned of the disciplinary action taken and reached out to the school in hopes that they will reconsider their decision," she said.
Administrators had heard rumors Farves was planning to make the bold gesture of approaching Davuluri and warned him not to do so, but "By that time, my mind was already set," he said.
"It is not our practice to discipline a student for asking someone - even Miss America - to a school dance," according to a statement from the school. "However, it is our practice to set expectations for student behavior, to communicate those expectations and rules to students and families and to ensure those rules are followed within our schools."
Farves was given a three-day in-school suspension, which requires him to sit in a classroom and work alone.
And he remains without a date for the May 10th prom.