Michelle Obama asks Miss America Nina Davuluri about suspended student

Written by PTI | New York | Updated: Apr 22 2014, 18:41pm hrs
US First Lady Michelle Obama has enquired from Indian-origin Miss America Nina Davuluri about the suspension of a high school student who had asked the beauty queen to be his prom night date.

Nina Davuluri, the 24-year-old first-ever Indian-American to win the Miss America pageant, was invited by the White House for its annual Easter Egg Roll Celebrations on April 21 when Patrick Farves, 18, rose at the end of a question and answer session and asked her if she would be his date at prom, the annual end of the year dance.

He gave Nina Davuluri a plastic flower as she spoke to the students.

After the event, Nina Davuluri tweeted that while she had been fretting over what she would say to the First Lady, Michelle began the conversation with a remark about the suspended student.

"Thought for days of what to say to @MichelleObama, she lead with "So I hear you got some kid suspended. #Priceless (sic)," Nina Davuluri tweeted.

The school, however, did not take the prank lightly and suspended Farves for three days, saying the student had "deliberately" defied school administrators, who had requested him that he not ask Nina Davuluri the question after they learned of the planned stunt.

Farves later apologised, writing a letter to the district's assistant superintendent that he was sorry for the commotion.

The beauty queen had urged the school in Pennsylvania to reconsider its decision to suspend him.

In a message posted on the Miss America Organisation's Facebook Page, Nina Davuluri said she has "reached out to the school in hopes that they will reconsider their decision" when she learnt of the disciplinary action taken against the student.

She said she was "flattered" by Farves's gesture but said "unfortunately" she would not be able to attend the prom with him due to her travel schedule.

Nina Davuluri had replied "Maybe later" and Farves cheered as he walked back from the stage.

The celebrations were in support of Michelle Obama's 'Let's Move!' initiative focused on promoting health and wellness with the theme, 'Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape'.