Prom King’s win sparks controversy

South Carolina News

A South Carolina Prom King created quite a stir on social media after the school posted it on Facebook.

Adam Bell was voted prom king by his classmates at Powdersville High School, just southwest of Greenville. He says he soon began receiving criticism online because he wore a dress to the prom.

“The kids were actually the ones standing up to the adults and being more supportive than ever,” Bell said. “I greatly appreciate all my friends and even people I haven’t talked to at the school who were standing up to the adults and even their own parents who would comment.”

Bell says it’s not the first time he’s worn a dress to a school function.
 

“Wearing a dress is like my version of dressing up,” Bell said. “Like most guys version is wearing a tux and mine is more feminine.”

School officials say he did not break any dress code with his outfit, but the school district did pull the picture off of Facebook after the negative comments.

Anderson School District One Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Jane Harrison issued this statement: “This weekend Powdersville High School hosted its annual Junior/Senior Prom. Consistent with the school’s long-standing tradition, the students nominated and elected a Prom King and Queen. This year the King and Queen elected were Aston Irby and Adam Bell. Facebook as taken down due to specific negative comments directed toward an individual.”

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