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Banned from Prom!

I read an article this weekend about students being warned they wouldn’t be allowed to attend their prom if they missed classes. Fair enough, you might think but then I looked more closely and realised that these were extra classes, scheduled after the normal school day. It seems like the school had put on these lessons because exam grades weren’t high enough and they needed extra tuition. If a school can’t teach their students to a good enough level during the normal school hours, the same hours that every other school manages with then that’s a problem with the school, not the kids. It’s unfair that they are being treated like this.

It turns out that this is pretty common and there are loads of stories about kids being banned from prom for crazy reasons. By now, everybody is familiar with the story of Constance McMillen, the lesbian student banned from her prom but how about some of these?

Banned for wearing a revealing prom dress
Marche Taylor turned up to her prom in this outfit and ended up getting taken away in handcuffs. Yup, that’s one ugly prom dress (I’m guessing she was thinking more sexy prom dress) but worth being arrested for?! This CNN video report gives more details.

Banned because I’m a boy in a dress
Omar Bonilla was banned from his prom because the school couldn’t deal with him wanting to wear a dress. As we covered earlier this month this guy had much more luck!

Banned for having a water fight
This girl in Glasgow got banned from prom after having a water fight… Talk about petty! More on this story at the Greenock Telegraph

Banned from prom for being dead
This crazy story’s got to be the worse. A 15 year old girl in Manchester tragically died in early 2009 before she had the chance to attend her prom. Her grieving parents were stunned to then get a letter from the school a couple of months later saying that if her attendance at lessons didn’t improve, she’d be banned. The school blamed the issue on an automated letter but, as her father put it “She’s been dead for two months now so it’s not surprising her attendance is low.”

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1 Response to " Banned from Prom! "

  1. Rob says:

    Hmm, this is a tough one. On the one hand I can totally see the injustice and lack of acceptance for banning the transvestite guy, and that can't be justified at all. Same for the one where the school was putting on extra classes afterwards.

    However, banning students going to prom for some reasons might be justifiable – I think Prom needs to be seen as a privilege rather than a right. I think it's perfectly reasonable to expect a certain level of attendance (from the living, obviously!) and perhaps even use the prom as a "carrot" to encourage students to hit their target grades.

    School teachers have got a lot on trying to get their grades up and encourage the students to fulfil their potential and be positive members of society, and if that means not giving them treats (like prom) if they misbehave or play truant, I think that can be legitimate.

    What does anyone else think? Is it always the case that you should get to go to prom no matter what, or is it reasonable to exclude some people?

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