Nina Davuluri Defends Suspended StudentBy: Lindsay McCane - April 21, 2014
On Thursday, April 17, Nina Davuluri, the current Miss America, visited Pennsylvania’s Central York High School to give a presentation.
While she was presenting, Patrick Farves, 18, took the opportunity to ask Nina to attend his senior prom as his date, even though he had already been warned not to.
Following his proposal, Farves was suspended from the school for three days. “It is not our practice to disciple a student for asking someone—even Miss America—to a school dance,” a statement from the school read.
“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.”
When Nina heard about Patrick’s suspension, she took to Facebook to address the situation, in hopes that the school would reconsider their punishment.
“On Thursday, a student invited me to prom and gave me a flower while I was giving a presentation in York, Pennsylvania,” she wrote. “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.”
“Meeting and interacting with students across the country has been an important and rewarding part of my year as Miss America,” Nina continued. “I always encourage students to follow their dreams through education, and I’m inspired daily by the enthusiasm and aspirations of the bright young adults I have the pleasure of meeting through my travels.”