Miss America Asks School to Reverse Suspension for Student’s Prom Stunt

By ABC News

Apr 20, 2014 4:32pm

The Pennsylvania high school student suspended for interrupting a school assembly to ask Miss America to prom says he didn’t mean to “disrespect” administrators who warned him against asking.

“When I heard that Miss America was coming, I just pitched an idea, like a funny joke,” Patrick Farves, 18, and a student at Central York High School in York, Pa., told WCBS.

“They did call me down about 10 minutes before the presentation and they told me, ‘That’d be inappropriate.  Don’t do it,’” Farves said.

Farves went ahead with his proposal, asking Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri to the school’s prom in the middle of a talk on science, technology, engineering and math studies she gave at the school Thursday.

“I was nervous but when you’re ready, you’re ready. You just grasp the moment,” Farves said.

School officials issued Farves a three-day suspension for his smooth moves because he ignored their advance warnings not to pull the stunt.

“It wasn’t my direct intent to disrespect them,” Farves said.  “It was just in the moment I was like, ‘This is gonna be great.  This is gonna be great.’”

Davuluri, 25, has said that her travel schedule prevented her from actually attending the prom, but that she encourages young people to “follow their dreams” and is inspired by their “enthusiasm and aspirations.”

“I am booked solid throughout the rest of my year so unfortunately I won’t be able to go but it’s so sweet,” Davuluri told ABC News.

Davuluri also took to the Miss America Organization’s Facebook page Saturday to plead with the high school administrators to reconsider their decision to suspend Farves.

“I later learned of the disciplinary action taken and reached out to the school in hopes that they will reconsider their decision,” Davuluri wrote on the page.

Central York High School did not immediately respond to calls from ABC News but did place a statement on the school’s Facebook page.

“It is not our practice to discipline a student for asking someone – even Miss America – to a school dance.  However, it is our practice to set expectations for student behavior…and to ensure those rules are followed,” the statement read, in part.

ABC News’ Liz Field contributed to this report.

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