Neshoba County Economic Boom

Full story: WTOK-TV Meridian
One of the fastest growing areas in East Mississippi is the city of Philadelphia and Neshoba County. Full Story
Steven Byars

Sparks, NV

#1 May 4, 2006
This is the only place I could find to post a msg. I read an article about Pearl River Central High refusing to allow a Marine to attend his fiance's Senior Prom. I can understand a certain amount of protectiveness... but protecting people from the people protecting them? Makes a rather odd political statement, don't you think? What has happened to Southern honor and dignity? Hospitality and Duty? Southern Soldiers and Gentlemen will be fretful in their graves on May 13th. A day of dishonor. Shame on you.

-------
US Marine can travel "from the halls of Montezuma, to the shores of Tripoli," but not to the senior prom at Pearl River Central High school in MS.
The school's 'age' policy prohibits a high school senior from taking her boyfriend to the prom.
Leah Lott, an 18 year old senior at the school and Marine LCpl Christopher Raffo, stationed at Camp Lejeune have been dating for several years and plan on marriage.
Leah had reserved a dress for the prom on May 13th and Chris is scheduled to be home on 30 days leave prior to deployment to Iraq.
Things seemed to be working out perfectly...except the school board says Chris Raffo is too old for the prom. Here is a US Marine traveling over 700 miles with plans to escort a young lady to her senior prom. A one-time event that is supposed to be meaningful and special in her life.
This LCpl is not someone who has the opportunity to visit his young lady often. He is serving his country and will soon be going in harm's way to do this. As we all know, his ability to get leave is limited.
To enforce a blanket policy of age restriction in this situation is contemptible. The school board members, who this Marine has volunteered to protect, and possible give his life for, have so far stood fast to many appeals and requests on this couples behalf.
However, the school board has stated "though the couple is not allowed to attend the prom, they can stop by for a few minutes to take photos, but then they will have to leave." Ms. Lott has stated that they would not be going. " We're not be getting all dressed up just to take pictures."

It's history repeating it's self. The ancient Romans wanted their army for protection, but wouldn't let the soldiers enter the city. Fortunately, since the beginning of this great Nation, Marines have always stood front and center to protect and serve God, Country and Corps in spite of insensitive, unappreciative people like this school board.

This Marine and his lady may not be able to have senior prom memories to look back on in later years, but I know that they will find the support and care of the Brotherhood of Marines to make up for it.

LCpl Raffo, your brother and sister Marines will never treat you in this manner. Had I been able to be there, I would have proudly stood and voiced my support for you, and displeasure with the school board's decision.

Semper Fi, to you and all Marine's, inactive, and active.

Joe Newman SSgt
USMC 65-71

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Pearl River Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
On This Day: Bodies of Three Civil Rights Worke... Mar 1 Jennifer Renne _r... 2
Are the Choctaws in Jackson County considered a... (Jul '14) Feb '15 Isaac 2
Review: Denise Sullivan Jan '15 DENISE 1
Review: Metro Car Leasing Dec '14 Celine 1
Depletion of Fossil Fuel Dec '14 Judy Jin 1
Debate: Gay Marriage - Philadelphia, MS (Aug '10) Dec '14 Kathy 67
bi/curious, want to swallow other guy's loads Nov '14 betty 36DD 2
Pearl River Dating
Find my Match
More from around the web

Pearl River People Search

Addresses and phone numbers for FREE

Personal Finance

Mortgages [ See current mortgage rates ]

NFL Latest News

Updated 8:22 am PST

Bleacher Report 8:22AM
Colston, Saints Agree to New Contract
Yahoo! Sports 8:46 AM
WR Colston, Saints agree to new contract
NBC Sports10:22 AM
Saints bringing back S Jamarca Sanford, DT Brodrick Bunkley
ESPN11:32 AM
Sources: Saints restructure Colston's deal
Bleacher Report12:13 PM
Buzz: Titans to Be 'Aggressive' in Free Agency