Alleged NFL-Style "Prom Draft" Sparks Investigation

It’s unclear at this time if girls from the high school voluntarily participated in the alleged event.

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    An email sent out over the weekend sparked an investigation into allegations that some students at an Orange County High School participated in an NFL-style draft where girls were selected as prom dates. Jane Yamamoto reports for NBC4 News at noon from Newport Beach Tuesday, May 6, 2014. (Published Wednesday, May 7, 2014)

    An email sent out over the weekend sparked an investigation into allegations that some students at an Orange County High School participated in an NFL-style draft where girls were selected as prom dates.

    Corona del Mar High School Principal Kathy Scott alerted parents in the email about the "rumor" of the "prom draft" happening on campus.

    "While I have not yet been able to determine the authenticity of the rumor, I have reason to believe there is some merit to what I have heard," a part of the email read.

    A group believed to be junior and senior boys allegedly involved in the plan may have detailed the alleged draft in a Twitter account.

    Before the social media page was taken down, one tweet read, "many drafters on the prowl tomorrow for #freeagents so dress nice ladies."

    It’s unclear at this time if girls from the high school voluntarily participated in the alleged event.

    Senior and junior boys bought tickets to the so-called draft.

    Calls by NBC4 to the Newport-Mesa Unified School District were not returned before the publishing of this report.

    Scott would not comment about the incident.

    Word about the "prom draft" spread throughout the Orange County community Tuesday.

    "Now your daughter is a commodity, she's no longer a person anymore," said Michael Shorey, whose daughter is a freshman at a neighboring school. "She’s being ranked and sold like an NFL player. It’s outrageous to think of."

    The alleged actions by the students were condemned by Scott in the email.

    "It is not OK for any student to be objectified or judged in any way," Scott wrote.

    She went on to ask for help from parents.

    "I urge you to talk with your student(s) and discuss the seriousness of this type of activity," a part of the email read. “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.”

    As of Tuesday, the school’s prom was scheduled for June 7, according to its website.