A high school senior in Pennsylvania sparked a flurry of online outrage after he was suspended for defying school administrators’ orders and asking Miss America to the prom during an assembly Thursday.

Patrick Farves, 18, approached the pageant princess, Nina Davuluri, as she addressed students at Central York High School to discuss the importance of diversity and math and science studies. In a gap between his classmates’ pre-vetted questions, Patrick handed Davuluri a purple plastic flower and said, “Miss America, I have a question. Will you go to prom with me?”

He didn’t get a date out of the prank, but he did get national attention after a three-day school suspension prompted hundreds of supporters to rally to his defense on social media, launching the hashtag #FreePatty.

Patrick is the class clown, and word of his plan to ask Davuluri to the school dance had spread days before her visit to the school. That’s why an administrator took Patrick aside 10 minutes before the assembly, telling him it would not be the appropriate venue for his question.

On TODAY Monday, the jokester said he doesn’t regret ignoring the school’s warning.

“This is kind of what I do. I’m kind of known for this stuff, just like, pranks, standing out, jokes with my friends,” Farves said. “I’m a real goofy and standout character.”

Though he understands and respects the school’s decision to punish him, concern over suspension never caused him to reconsider the proposal.

"I had looked at it like, this was a now-or-never type thing. This was a once-in-a-lifetime chance,” the student said. “I did it anyway, and I knew I would get in some type of trouble. I can totally understand and respect the disciplinary actions that had to be taken.”

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