It has been hard to keep up with the prom news this prom season, but so far I’ve read about a boy who couldn’t bring a porn star as his date to the prom, girls who can’t wear slutty dresses to prom, a girl who couldn’t wear a Confederate flag prom dress, a boy who couldn’t go because he wanted to wear a prom dress instead of a suit, and a girl who couldn’t go because she wanted to wear a suit instead of a prom dress.
Now comes word that one girl is being barred from her prom because she doesn’t have a date.
That last one is the one that I think would be the one to drive me over the edge. But maybe that’s just me.
It’s got to be hard enough not to have a date in the first place. Sure, at some schools it’s common for kids to go in groups. But to be banned from attending because you’re alone?
Amanda Dougherty, 17, lives in Glenolden, Penn., and she actually had a date, but he apparently backed out earlier in the week. Instead of empowering her and making her feel welcome, especially considering she’d already bought her tickets ($95 each) to the big night, not to mention her dress, flowers, and shoes ($1,000), the Archdiocese at her school, Archbishop John Carroll High School, is enforcing the bizarre rule that only couples are allowed to attend.
“For them to say not that we’re not good enough to go unless we have a guy standing next to us, it’s just kind of sickening,” Amanda said.
The school said they have other social events throughout the year in which kids are welcome to attend alone, but the prom is special in that a date is required for attendance.
Now, I didn’t attend a parochial school, and I’m not well-versed in the New Testament, but if there’s something that Jesus said at some time that specifically frowns on a girl swaying to “Stand By Me” as she stands by herself, I think that would be news to us all — Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, Atheist, Agnostic, and undeclared. Because I would think even God himself would want this poor girl to go and enjoy herself with her classmates at their prom. Date or no date. Heck, he’d probably even ask her to dance.
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