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High school student suspended for asking Miss America to prom

The student asked Nina Davuluri to prom while she was giving a talk at a Pennsylvania high school

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A U.S. student was suspended last week after asking Miss America 2014 to prom on her visit to his high school.

Beauty queen Nina Davuluri, 25, who is of Indian descent, had been holding a talk about diversity and the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics at Central York High School, Pennsylvanian local daily York Dispatch reported.

During a question and answer session with the beauty queen, Patrick Farves - who had been warned by school staff about making a disturbance - seized the moment and asked Davuluri to prom while handing her a small flower.

However, school authorities made true to their promise, and Farves was given a suspension order for 3.5 days for disrupting Davuluri’s visit.

As if to add insult to injury, Farves did not hear Miss America’s reply due to the subsequent cheering from fellow students.

“For the sake of my ego, I’m going to say no, I never got a direct answer,” he said.

‘Maybe later’

When he then asked to take a “selfie” - a self portrait taken on a camera phone - with her, she replied “maybe later.”

Farves - who has so far served just one day of his suspension - expressed regret for his actions. “She [beauty queen Davuluri] was saying a really strong message about diversity and most of the kids were focused on what I had just done.”

But the incident did not end there.

On Saturday, the Miss America organization posted a statement from Davuluri on their Facebook page.

“I was flattered by the gesture although I am unfortunately unable to attend due to my travel schedule,” said the beauty queen in her statement. I later learned of the disciplinary action taken and reached out to the school in hopes that they will reconsider their decision.”