Getting a prom date can be hard if you don’t have a girlfriend or a boyfriend — and who is doing that old-fashioned thing these days? You have to find somebody to ask. You have to be nice to – and perhaps even spend some time with – any potential date.
A bunch of male students at Corona del Mar High School in the affluent Orange County suburb of Newport Beach, Calif. have allegedly found a different way: an NFL-style draft which ranks female students and sells first-round picks to male students looking to make a splash with a highly-coveted prospect.
School officials are trying to prevent the prom draft, reports the Los Angeles Times.
On Friday, the principal at Corona del Mar High, Kathy Scott, sent an email to parents objecting to the NFL-style selection process, warning that “it is not OK for any student to be objectified or judged in any way.”
Scott told parents that she had heard rumblings about such a draft last year.
“I am sure that the intention of this ‘draft’ is not to be harmful, but it may be,” Scott also wrote, according to Los Angeles television station KTLA.
According to the Times, a student said that the draft process involves male juniors and seniors drawing random numbers to determine the draft order. However, there is also an option to pay hard cash for a better draft position.
The unidentified student said one desperate junior paid $140 for the privilege of asking a particular female student he is sweet on.
“It’s awkward because he spent a large amount of money to go with someone he doesn’t talk to,” the student reportedly explained. “And she finds it awkward that he chose her.”
It’s not remotely clear why female students at Corona del Mar High would put up with this scheme. Apparently, they do, though.
“A lot of the girls respect the draft and stick with those dates,” the student said, according to the Times.
“The whole purpose was to avoid conflict,” a male student explained, according to KTLA. “It was never to hurt any of the girls’ feelings, or anyone’s feelings. If I was the last pick, I’m still going to choose my girlfriend.”
The student added that other males would be unlikely to violate the guy code by picking his girlfriend.
It’s also not clear who receives or gets to keep the $140 and any other money spent toward the purchase of draft picks for the June 7 prom.
A tweet posted on the Corona del Mar High senior class Twitter account last week said “Many drafters on the prowl tomorrow for #freeagents so dress nice ladies.”
Also, the Corona del Mar High senior class has a Twitter account — or, at least, had a Twitter account. It has since been deactivated in light of the kerfuffle over the draft.