High School Students Petition to Relocate Prom from Trump Golf Club

August 19, 2015

The hits keep coming for Donald Trump and his golf courses.

Rising seniors at Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua, N.Y., started an online petition to relocate their 2016 Senior Prom from Trump National Golf Club – Westchester in Briarcliff Manor, where it is planned to be held next spring. The students are protesting the Republican presidential candidate’s “bigoted remarks to various ethnic groups” and “history of blatant and unapologetic misogyny,” among other things.

The student organizers left the following press statement on their change.org page:

“As stated in our petition, we believe that public money should not go to an organization which promotes racism, sexism, and other forms of disrespect towards various groups. We have no political affiliation as a group with any political party or organization. We are working with the school administration to come to a solution that benefits the students, parents, and administration. We look forward to continuing to work with the school administration to come to a beneficial conclusion.”

According to a report from the Daily Voice, school Principal Robert Rhodes responded to the students in an email, writing, “After hearing many voices and arguments for and against changing the venue, your Student Leadership Council representatives have been caucusing electronically and believe it is in the best interest of the class to keep the venue as originally planned,” he wrote. “Their decision was not made lightly; they know that other planning for senior events would suffer should the group need to spend several more months working on relocating the prom.”

This is just the latest in the fallout from controversial comments Trump has made during his presidential bid. Previously, four of golf’s major governing bodies—the PGA of America, PGA Tour, USGA, and LPGA—released a statement condeming Trump’s comments about illegal immigrants. The PGA also chose to relocate this year’s Grand Slam of Golf, which was to be held at Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles.

You can read the Horace Greeley students’ full petition here.

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