Local female student runs for prom king

Published: May. 1, 2015 at 1:48 AM CDT|Updated: May. 1, 2015 at 1:26 PM CDT
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Amarillo, TX - Four students are running for prom king at one local high school, but not all four of them are males.

Crowning a queen and king at prom is a timeless high school tradition, but this year students at Richard Milburn Academy are changing the tradition and are nominating a female candidate for king.

While many high school girls shop for the perfect prom dress, Brooke Durr is looking for the perfect tux. While some dream of becoming prom queen, the 17 year old has her eye on the crown for king. "I thought well, why can't I be King? So I decided I was going to try to be king," said Durr.

Many of her classmates supported her goal and nominated her as a king candidate. "It's amazing," said Durr. "It's something different. Not many people can actually say a female from their school got to be king. It's great. I don't know what I am going to do if I really am."

Durr is on the ballot now, but she almost was not. The school's director originally took away her nomination, saying only males could be king.

"What happened to me was really, really awful because I was like, why would she do this to me? I don't want anyone to feel like they are worthless like I did at first," said Durr.

Local school officials at Richard Milburn Academy could not comment on camera, but RMA state director Chris Skipper said they decided to let Durr on the ballot after listening to the desires of the student body "In the present situation we are comfortable in supporting the kids desires and will look forward to seeing them all enjoy this celebration of hard work, diverse expression and achievement," said Skipper.

Brooke hopes her experience will set a precedent for the future. "Discrimination really does happen and I don't think it was fair. I know that I got back on the ballot and I got what I want, but I was scared for the years afterwards that there would be discrimination."

Brooke said not all the students or staff accept her nomination as king, but that will not stop her from trying to win. The RMA prom queen and king will be announced on Monday.

Madison Alewel - NewsChannel 10