As the 2014 NFL Draft looms on Thursday, a California high school is staging their own draft. California teenagers are causing a stir over their upcoming high school prom by staging an NFL Draft-like setup to select dates.
Students at Corona del Mar High School are staging a “prom draft” where students get to “draft” their prom date.
Male students drew random numbers for the draft; however, they are also given the opportunity to move up in the draft in order to select a more desirable date.
According to the LA Times, one student wanted to improve his selection by moving up:
This year, one junior paid $140 to get a high first-rank pick so he could select a specific girl, said the student, who is not being identified because of potential school disciplinary action.
“It’s awkward because he spent a large amount of money to go with someone he doesn’t talk to,” the student said. “And she finds it awkward that he chose her.”
Clearly, this objectifies women and in turn, would draw their ire. Right? RIGHT??!?
Not so fast.
“A lot of the girls respect the draft and stick with those dates,” he said.
That’s incredible. However, it gets better.
Here is an account from a Deadspin.com commenter, who lives near CDM High School:
1. This was a pretty formal event. Girls signed up for the event, and jerseys were made and everything.
So, while there was outrage expressed by students and CDM principal Kathy Scott, there is clearly a collection of people who are cool with this.
Quite frankly, I’m shocked no one attempted this sooner. A bunch of male students acting like Jerry Jones, evaluating talent is crazy but not completely unexpected.
However, I wrote about something like this concept about a year ago. We’re at a point in history where men and women evaluate each other in essence like its one big draft.
Do I blame people for being outraged?
Not at all. The self-esteem of high school students is extremely fragile.
Yet, I can’t say I didn’t see this coming.