May 7, 2014 1:40 pm

California high school discourages ‘prom draft’

Principal Katy Scott sent an email to parents discouraging "prom draft"

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A California high school is trying to discourage a sports-league-style “prom draft,” where male students select female dates for the event.

The principal of Corona del Mar High School in Newport Beach, California, sent out an email to parents on the weekend discouraging the practice, held annually in secret.

According to the Orange County Register, Katy Scott wrote, “It is not OK for any student to be objectified or judged in any way.”

The prom draft, not affiliated with the school, is reportedly a long-standing tradition for the male students, who rank the female students and then select a date from a pool.

Some students reportedly pay money to improve their chances of a higher pick.

The senior class Twitter account, which has now been shut down, tweeted the day before the draft was to happen: “Many drafters on the prowl tomorrow for #freeagents so dress nice ladies.”

The school’s prom is set for June 7.

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