High School Students Hold NFL-Inspired 'Prom Draft'

Dan CarsonTrending Lead WriterMay 7, 2014

Couple in prom attire holding hands (Photo by: Tetra Images/AP Images)
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Is their shallowness "need-based?" Or do they go with the best available on the board?

Students at a Newport Beach, California, high school may be facing disciplinary action after conducting an NFL-inspired "prom draft" this spring.

According to Adolfo Flores of the Los Angeles Times, male juniors and seniors at Corona del Mar High School drew numbers at random to determine the order in which they selected their female prom dates.

Participants looking to "improve" their draft position were allowed to pay money for a "high first-rank" pick, with one junior dropping $140 to move up and select the girl of his choice.

This would all be well and good, you know, if it weren't for the part where young men treat their non-consenting female counterparts as tradable commodities.

One student—who remains nameless due to the impending possibility of disciplinary action from the school—claims that many of his female classmates are fine with the arrangement. 

"A lot of girls respect the draft and stick with those dates," he said. The unnamed student did admit that the process has caused some uncomfortable pairings. 

"It's awkward because [one student] spent a large amount of money to go with someone he doesn't talk to," he said. "And she finds it awkward that he chose her."

Too bad, missy! Johnny Mastercard figured out dad's PIN number, so now you'll be making life memories with Jerry Jones: High School Edition.

Corona del Mar principal Kathy Scott is attempting to discourage students from sticking with their draft results and has asked parents to speak with their children about what they're doing.

"I do not believe this is intended to be harmful," Scott says. "But this is not behavior that is consistent with our school's outstanding reputation."

The news of Corona del Mar's prom draft comes on the heels of a cheating scandal that rocked the school earlier this year. Eleven students were caught hacking school computers and changing their grade with the alleged aid of a tutor.

Sounds like it's just another day at the office for Commissioner Scott. We'll see if she can get her people under control and—God forbid—attending prom with other consenting individuals.


Draft times at del Mar High.