Monday, May 16, 2011

Should he be allowed to attend prom?

I am beginning to think I am going soft. I read this story about this kid getting suspended for his romantic gesture and being banned from prom. I would let him go to prom. He didn't deface school property. It was cardboard! I would make the suspension end right before the big day. That way the school isn't changing its policy for one kid.

FROM NBC: What began as a minor high school disciplinary case has become an international sensation…thanks in large part to social media. A student in Connecticut thought up an elaborate way to ask his date to the prom, but his grand gesture got him suspended and banned from the dance… Now, hundreds of thousands are outraged by the idea of a young man missing a rite of passage enjoyed by countless teens.

It all started with the writing on the wall. Late last week, in the dead of night, Shelton High School senior James Tate and two friends dragged a ladder and 12-inch cardboard letters to campus taping this message onto a school wall: "Sonali Rodrigues, Will you go to prom with me?"
James Tate said, "I figured I'd do something special and do it big." Rodriguez, a classmate and friend said yes. But school officials said no-suspending Tate and his friends for trespassing and banning him from the June 4th prom.

As news spread, so did the outrage. "I just can't believe they're not allowing him to go and it went viral." Supporters gathered online enchanted by the romance of it all--thousands tweeted words of encouragement. The "Let James Tate go to the Prom" Facebook page has more than 174-thousand fans. The town's mayor says he's been inundated with emails from far beyond Connecticut. "China, Japan, Australia."

Every last one supporting Tate.
sot - mark a. lauretti/shelton mayor it doesn't make sense. there has to be some common sense. stand-up - mara schiavocampo/nbc news/shelton, ct but not everyone has been swayed. thursday the school's headmaster made one thing clear…rules are rules.

Dr. Beth Smith/Headmaster/Shelton High School
:"There has been a practice at Shelton High School for many years that students receiving an in school or out of school suspension for any reason will not attend prom." So while Tate's sorry for his message on this wall. James Tate said, "It won't happen again from me. And I'd like to go to prom very much with her." Online supporters vow to keep up the fight on this one.

-NewsAnchorMom Jen

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