Washington: A Pennsylvania teenager has been suspended for asking the first ever Indian-American Miss America Nina Davuluri to the prom, the annual end of the year dance for high school students.
Patrick Farves, 18, also handed Davuluri a plastic flower after he asked her to the prom Thursday. She smiled - but he was suspended from school after the stunt, New York Daily News reported.
The Central York High School senior was given a three-day suspension for "deliberately defying" school administrators` requests that he not pop the question after they learned of the planned stunt, the newspaper said.
"At that point in time, it was 10 minutes before the presentation, and I was pretty much set to do it," he told the York Dispatch.
As he walked away from the stage, in front of the entire student body, Farves did a little jig of happiness.
But the class clown was pulled from the assembly and given three days of in-school suspension for defying the officials who asked him not to pull the prank.
He later apologised, writing a letter to the district`s assistant superintendent that he was honestly sorry for the commotion.
"I do understand why the administration was mad," he told the Dispatch.
"I don`t want to be the kind of person to try to justify myself ... I didn`t intend to disrespect the administration. I can see how it was seen as a slap in the face."
His suspension sparked a #freepatty Twitter outcry where hundreds of students wrote about the unfairness of the punishment, Daily News said.
Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri was crowned in September and has a whirlwind tour of visiting schools and events.