HOMEWOOD, Ill. — An honors student, who has been accepted to nearly a dozen colleges, was banned from her suburban school’s prom over the weekend and may not be allowed to graduate.
She recited a poem at Homewood Flossmoor High School’s talent show without the necessary prior approval from school officials.
School officials say the high school senior disregarded the rules while reciting her poem entitled “Dear Black Girls” at the school talent show.
It was a poem the school principal felt was offensive.
Students are required to have all performances pre-approved by a student and teacher committee and were directed not to deviate from it. Taiylar says at rehearsal, the poem wasn’t completed and the final version contained the n-word.
“I told the teacher I don’t have it all done,” Taiylar said. “She said that was fine I auditioned with what I had.”
The school issued a statement to WGN citing the rules that reads in part:
It was reiterated at the dress rehearsal that all performances must be performed without any additions or changes to content, presentation and/or costume. It is understood by students a deviation during the actual performance may result in consequences.
Taiylar says she didn’t deviate because it was still a work in progress.
She appealed to the principal at the entrance to prom but was told no.
The National Honor Society member will head to Florida Agricultural and Mechanical in the fall on a full ride.
While she doesn’t regret her actions, she is still hoping for the best.
“I’m hoping to walk for graduation,” she said.