For Jack Britt High School senior Marquis Monroe, homecoming meant more than just a high school dance.
Monroe said the high school event is a chance for her to represent who she truly is inside.
“It made me feel more comfortable being able to run as queen instead of king. Because I identify more as queen than king,” Monroe said.
I’ve worked so hard to be comfortable with myself through my #jbhs career. This year I challenged myself to run for #HOCO #queen and got support form everyone at school except for my principal who said I’m not allowed,w no explanation why
RT 4 #justice pic.twitter.com/INOx3YGykY— Marquis Monroe (@Marquismonroee) October 2, 2018
The high school’s principal initially told Monroe she could not run for queen.
“He didn’t have the right to do and so I took it to social media. It went viral on social media,” said Monroe.
Her posts expressed her disappointment.
Those tweets and Instagram photos gained traction online and the principal changed his mind.
But she said she now faces another hurdle.
She and her mother have received slurs and hate messages.
“But at this point, she feels as though it’s dangerous and in a way life threatening because of some people who may not agree and might try to do something dumb,” she said.
Monroe said she is now reconsidering her run.
She stated this was never about winning the crown – instead gaining the freedom to be who you are.
“No matter what anyone has to say, never lose yourself and always try your hardest to be yourself,” said Marquis Monroe.
On Oct. 3, Cumberland County Schools issued the following statement:
The Cumberland County Schools (CCS) values the diversity of students and strives to create a safe, welcoming environment to support student learning and provide equal access to educational programs and activities. Yesterday, a student requested to participate in the homecoming court based on their chosen gender preference. The principal initially said no, but upon further consideration, he is prepared to support the student’s request to participate, subject to parental approval, which is required for all participants.