Miss America Nina Davuluri
Miss America Nina Davuluri (Bill Kalina)

Update: News of Patrick Farves' suspension for asking Miss America to the prom has reached the White House.

On Monday, Miss America Nina Davuluri tweeted she had "thought for days" about what to say to First Lady Michelle Obama.

According to Davuluri's tweet, Obama led with "So I hear you got some kid suspended."

On Saturday, the Miss American Organization issued the following statement from Nina Davuluri on its Facebook page.

"On Thursday, a student invited me to prom and gave me a flower while I was giving a presentation in York, Pennsylvania.

"I was flattered by the gesture although I am unfortunately unable to attend due to my travel schedule. I later learned of the disciplinary action taken and reached out to the school in hopes that they will reconsider their decision.

"Meeting and interacting with students across the country has been an important and rewarding part of my year as Miss America. I always encourage students to follow their dreams through education, and I'm inspired daily by the enthusiasm and aspirations of the bright young adults I have the pleasure of meeting through my travels."

Friday's story: Patrick Farves doesn't consider his prom proposal rejected, even though he never got a "yes."

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

But the senior at Central York High School might have had the most public non-answer in the history of the high school when he asked the reigning Miss America, Nina Davuluri, to his high school dance in front of the entire student body during a Thursday assembly.

Farves, 18, didn't expect a yes, but now he's also serving 3.5 days of in-school suspension for asking the question in the first place.

Popping the question: The proposal started as a joke a few days before Davuluri showed up at the high school, when Farves suggested he'd pop the question during the assembly. His classmates firmly approved, and it spread like "wildfire" around the school, he said. And the more he thought about it, the more he needed to ask.

Davuluri was at Central York High School during the day Thursday to talk with students about diversity and the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, studies. She was also the keynote speaker at Central's Diversity Celebration, an eighth-annual event that featured her address, cultural foods and a variety of vocal and dance performances.

Giving a flower: By Thursday, Farves was working up his nerve.

An administrator called Farves to the office 10 minutes before the assembly and said it would be "inappropriate" to ask the question.

But when there was a gap between pre-screened students during the question-and-answer portion, Farves saw his opportunity.

"I already had a little flower," he said. "I was completely set on doing this."

Farves had picked up the "perfect" token to accompany his invitation in art class that morning: A purple plastic flower he handed to Davuluri after asking.

Farves said the cheering from the crowd of students behind him kept Davuluri from answering. When he asked to take a selfie with her, she replied with a diplomatic "Maybe later."

"I never actually got that (selfie) because I never saw her again," Farves said.

Suspension: Administrators pulled Farves from the assembly after the next person to ask a question said, "Can I get another round of applause for my friend, Patrick." Cheers filled the auditorium, and Farves went to the office.

Farves said he understands the administration's decision for the 3.5-day suspension, which he served for a half day Friday and will finish next Monday through Wednesday.

"I understand that they (the administration) feel disrespected," Farves said. "It wasn't my intent."

The stunt also drew attention away from the main reason students were meeting Miss America in the first place, a message Farves said was more serious.

"I did kind of overshadow what she was saying," he said. "She was saying a really strong message about diversity and most of the kids were focused on what I had just done."

Farves said it wasn't his intention to be disrespectful to Davuluri, either. He passed along an apology to Miss America through a few people backstage with her during the assembly, who reported she thought it was "cute."

Reaction: Students spoke out in Farves' defense on social media Thursday night and Friday, starting the hashtag #freepatty.

For example, on Twitter, Central's Student Union said Farves deserves an apology from the administration.

"True diversity is when you don't punish someone for being a little bit different," the @CYStudentUnion feed tweeted.

The district released a statement about the incident, which said the school typically does not suspend students for asking anyone to prom, but does for incidents of misbehavior.

"It is not our practice to discipline a student for asking someone -- even Miss America -- to a school dance," it said. "However, it is our practice to set expectations for student behavior, to communicate those expectations and rules to students and families and to ensure those rules are followed within our schools."

For the rest of Central York's statement, visit here.

A call to Miss America's marketing team was not immediately returned.

As for Farves, he's still unsure of his prom plans. He plans to go, but he's not sure if he'll have a date.

"I still have to decide if I want to ask someone," he said.

-Reach Nikelle Snader at nsnader@yorkdispatch.com.