(MULBERRY, Fla.) — Two Florida high school seniors who hoped to become their school’s homecoming king and queen Saturday night were banned from running after distributing condoms to students.
Montana Fulkerson and Dalton Wiggs, students at Mulberry High School in Mulberry, Fla., and best friends since second grade, launched a joint coronation campaign Thursday.
But just 24 hours before a school-wide election, district officials disqualified them from running for distributing prophylactics with campaign slogans written on them.
“I’ve been waiting my whole high school career just to run for homecoming king,” a crestfallen Dalton told ABC affiliate WFTS-TV. The dance is Saturday night.
Their handwritten slogan, attached to condoms with an address label read: “Let’s get these votes wrapped up. Vote Montana and Wiggs.”
Polk School District officials issued a statement to ABC News calling the campaign “inappropriate activity” and reminding students that “Homecoming is an extracurricular activity and participation is a privilege.”
“Students were distributing condoms to solicit Homecoming votes. When school administration became aware, they immediately instructed the students to stop this inappropriate activity,” read the statement from spokeswoman Leah Lauderdale. “No students have been suspended from school; however, the students involved were not allowed to participate in Homecoming activities on campus during the school day today.”
Officials said the duo would be allowed to attend the dance, just not run for the homecoming court.
Fulkerson said the campaign was intended to be a funny pun and not political or sexual.
However, the 17-year-old student who wears a “purity ring” and says she is committed to abstinence in her own life, said if students were going to have sex; it may as well be safe sex.
“We didn’t mean to promote sex. We were promoting safe sex and we figured if they were going to be mature enough to do it then they need to do it safely,” Fulkerson said.
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