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He Scored a Date, But Will He Be Allowed to Attend Prom?

A Shelton High student is being punished for his creative prom proposal.

A student won't be allowed at this year's prom because of the way he asked out his date, the Hartford Courant reports.

Instead of the traditional conversation, James Tate chose to tape the message "Sonali Rodgrigues, will you go to prom with me?" outside the main entrance of the school, which put him in hot water with the administration.

He and the two friends who helped him tape up the letters have been given a one-day in-house suspension by headmaster Beth Smith, and barred from the prom.

However, there is an outpouring of support for Tate. A Facebook page "Let James Tate Go to the Prom" already has more than 400 members, with people commenting that not allowing him to go to prom is a "suppression of creativity."

"Asking a girl to prom in a very creative way is NOT a reason to ban him from prom," writes Pattie Cerbone Tencza.

No word yet whether the school administration will reverse their decision. Stick with Patch for updates.

Jo Ann May 14, 2011 at 10:45 PM
As James Tate said in an interview "she (Sonali Rodgrigues) is my best female friend, and she does not get a lot of attention'. Does that sound like the words of a 'smitten' young man doing something romantic. I think not. This was a high school prank that backfired on James Tate when it caught the attention of the media. Go to the prom and complete the 'prank' but remember James Tate, the eyes of the media are upon you.
ROBYN CLOKE May 14, 2011 at 10:49 PM
Wow, Jo Ann! Who are you to judge James' heart? You sound even colder than witch Smith!!
Jeannette Black May 15, 2011 at 02:57 AM
Wow, I was sure happy when they decided to let him go to the Prom. James was not hurting anyone, he was doing something for a very special person in his life. God Bless him and his date, I am so happy to see that there are still you people out there that can still come up with unique ways with no harm in mind. If he were my grandson I would say, Go Get the girl James.
Ironboar May 15, 2011 at 09:25 AM
Reason, compassion and sanity have prevailed.
Candi May 16, 2011 at 03:01 PM
I could not believe what I was reading when I read this article! Schools are suppose to build you up, not tear you down! Teenagers have enough stress and peer pressure to worry about without having to worry about little innocent things as this! I'm sure this school had some hand in this young man's creativity so you should be proud, not whatever you were when you suspended him and his friend and then decided to not let them go to prom! Seriously, let these young people go to their prom and commend him for such thoughtfulness and kindness for the way he asked a girl to the prom. There was no harm done at all except by you making him feel no telling what! Honestly you should worry about all the others that start and cause trouble or threat to the school!!!!!

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