1. A York, Penn., high school student tried to create a night to remember when he asked Miss America Nina Davuluri to prom during a school assembly, but was instead given a three-day suspension.
Eighteen-year-old Patrick Farves.
2. The Central York High School senior had already been told by administrators not to perform the stunt, which was rumored to be happening during the assembly.
“At that point in time, it was 10 minutes before the presentation, and I was pretty much set to do it,” Farves told the York Dispatch. “I was a little pressured. Everybody expected me to do it. I’m the kind of person who, if someone says I won’t do something, I’ll prove people wrong. I will.”
3. Despite the warnings, the 18-year-old got up the nerve to ask the beauty pageant winner to prom in front of the whole student body, even bringing a plastic flower to her on stage.
She laughed after Farves ran up to her and asked her to take a selfie with him.
“Maybe later,” the 24-year-old New Yorker replied.
5. Farves was quickly pulled from the assembly and given a three-day suspension for “deliberately defying” administrators’ requests.
6. The teen’s peers took to Twitter to sound off on his punishment, resulting in hundreds of tweets with the hashtag #FreePatty.
11. Despite the outcry, the teen wrote a letter apologizing to the district’s assistant superintendent.
“I do understand why the administration was mad,” he told the Dispatch. “I don’t want to be the kind of person to try to justify myself … I didn’t intend to disrespect the administration. I can see how it was seen as a slap in the face.”
12. Although he got suspended, Farves never actually got rejected from the pageant winner: The cheering drowned out Davuluri’s response.
“For the sake of my ego, I’m going to say no, I never got a direct answer,” Farves said.
14. Update — April 20, 2:03 p.m. ET: Miss America Nina Davuluri issued a statement on the Miss America Facebook page asking the school to reconsider the suspension.
“On Thursday, a student invited me to prom and gave me a flower while I was giving a presentation in York, Pennsylvania. 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. 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.”
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