Asking someone to the prom isn’t what it used to be. Boys at a California high school are picking their dates with an NFL-style draft. After it was posted on social media, the school began cracking down on the tradition for having the potential to objectify girls.

The Orange County Register reported:

Though the draft is not affiliated with the school and secret for the most part, some of the draft results were broadcast on Twitter, with pictures of sport-coated teens making their selections. One tweet posted by the senior class Twitter account joked the day before Thursday’s draft that “Many drafters on the prowl tomorrow for #freeagents so dress nice ladies.”

A rule book sent out in a tweet notes that “sophomores can be drafted,” and some pictures show girls’ names printed on the back of jerseys. The Twitter account has since been deactivated, but several students continued to chatter about it on Twitter in the days following the draft.

Sophomore Jessie Harris was one of the girls included in the draft and said the negative coverage it generated on Tuesday was unnecessary.

“I am part of the draft and am friends with many girls in the draft and yes, in some instances girls can be picked by appearance,” she wrote to the Register. “It is all just a fun way to decide who you will be going to prom with. It is not meant to harm those who are picked and I do not believe that it does. It is not, was never, and will never ever be used to objectify the girls at our school.”


Over the weekend, Corona del Mar High principal Kathy Scott sent parents an email after hearing that some parents had been contacted by the Register about the draft.

“I urge you to talk with your student(s) and discuss the seriousness of this type of activity,” she wrote. “Prom is an important event in the lives of our students and I would hate to have to cancel it or any other important student related activity due to the negative actions of a few.”

Today’s #oneluckyguy on Outnumbered, Pete Hegseth weighed in on the prom draft.

“If I’m channeling my teenage self, […] kids will be kids. I’m not saying it’s a good thing, but this is not something sanctioned by the school. It’s a bunch of rich boys getting together,” he said, adding that girls are also participating.

Sandra Smith called the tradition “disgusting.” She said, “The biggest problem would be that all of a sudden the list gets out and then the girls – while they might be like ‘this is so stupid, this is horrible’ – they’re really going to look at it and […] they’re going to judge each other.”

Hear what Harris Faulkner, Katie Pavlich and Andrea Tantaros had to say in the clip above. Then, tell us what you think in the comments!