Shelton Headmaster: No Prom For James Tate

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Shelton Headmaster: No Prom For James Tate
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Fri, 05-13-2011 - 7:49am

Shouldn't this be headmistress? Anyway what a kill joy. :smileymad: This message was an innocent bit of fun. If rules were broken how about assigning an appropriate punishment like community service?

Prom Proposal

http://www.courant.com/news/politics/hc-shelton-prom-legislation-20110512,0,3358608.story

SHELTON—

The headmaster of Shelton High School is not allowing James Tate to attend the senior prom, despite international outcry over his situation.

School administrators suspended James Tate from school for one day and barred him from the June 4 dance after he taped a message to the front of Shelton High School last Friday, asking a classmate to the prom.

Students who are suspended after April 1 may not attend the prom, according to school rules, said Headmaster Beth Smith.

"This regulation is reinforced over the course of the spring," said Smith at a Thursday afternoon press conference at the school. "This unfortunate situation is the result of one of those consequences."

Meanwhile, two state lawmakers are introducing legislation aimed at preventing local school systems from banning students from school events, a response to the Shelton situation.

The incident has become a media whirlwind, garnering Tate appearances on several national talk shows and has sparked the creation of multiple Facebook groups including "Let James Tate Go to the Prom", a Twitter trend (#TeamTate) and a global petition.

Tate has taken responsibility for the incident and says he regrets involving his friends, who helped him tape the message in cardboard letters around 1:30 a.m. that morning.

The incident has gained the attention of legislators too. Republican State Reps. Jason Perillo of Shelton and Sean Williams of Waterbury say they are drafting an amendment that would require school officials to give parents an option of community service or alternative punishment rather than being banned from school events for a policy violation within the last month of the school year. A representatives from Williams' office said it was unclear whether the amendment could be approved in time for Tate to attend his prom in June.

 


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Fri, 05-13-2011 - 5:38pm
When I heard this I couldn't believe how utterly lame it was! If he had painted or in some way damaged or defaced the school building, I could see it. But this was cut out cardboard TAPED to the building! What in the world is the harm in that? Just ask him to take it down!

Sounds like the administration at this school has a very rigid stick up...well, you know where!!

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Sat, 05-14-2011 - 5:36am

I saw something on our local news here in Puget Sound area. We also have a Shelton WA & Shelton High School & this

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Sat, 05-14-2011 - 8:26am
This head mistress is over reacting. What a grinch! Update: Shelton Mayor: 50-50 Chance Tate Will Go To The Prom

Despite the Shelton High School headmaster's firm stand on her decision to bar a student from the prom, there is a 50-50 chance that the superintendent will overturn her decision, the mayor said Friday.

"The superintendent has been meeting privately with Beth Smith and, separately, with the board of education," Mayor Mark Lauretti said.

Smith, the headmaster, said on Thursday that she was sticking to her decision to enforce a rule that had been clearly and repeatedly explained to students. She said that the rule — anyone who is suspended after April 1 can be barred from the prom — had been reinforced throughout the spring through daily loudspeaker announcements and in letters sent to parents, among other communications. More........

http://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-james-tate-shelton-prom-rally-20110513,0,2992832.story

Vote here.......

http://www.courant.com/news/opinion/todaysbuzz/friday/hc-friday-buzz-poll-0513,0,7068938.poll

 


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Sat, 05-14-2011 - 8:29am
That's too bad about the other school getting bad publicity. They should forward the hate mail, and such, to Connecticut.

 


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Sat, 05-14-2011 - 1:30pm
Can't she see the ridiculousness of suspending him over something like this??? She sounds like she has real control issues.

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Sat, 05-14-2011 - 2:58pm


I remember when our DD was in high school, a rule book was sent home the first day of classes of the new school year. As parents, as well as our DD, we all had to read this rule book. And then WE ALL HAD TO SIGN IT. And the signature page that we agreed and understood the behavior policies, had to be returned to the school and placed in our DD's file. So, where where the parents and the students, when such rules & regs were gone over by the school? Out to lunch? Asleep? Not paying attention? All of the above? :| Seems to me if everybody thinks these policies are bogus, they should have taken it up with the administration. By silence, they acquiesced to the policies and rules, and agreed to follow them. IMO. So, why is there all the bellyaching now? He knew the rules, he chose to break them, and now he's moaning and groaning about the consequences, which he knew about beforehand? I see all this as a toddler tantrum. He broke the rules, knew the consequences, and now wants them to change the rules so he can get off?! He's a senior, he better learn now that breaking the rules won't get him a pat on the head and a "oh, well, boys will be boys" from a future employer or a college administration. Even to the point of drafting an amendment? Ridiculous! frown.gif



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Sun, 05-15-2011 - 10:31am
James Tate Gets Reprieve: Prom Date Is Back On

It seems chivalry may not be dead at Shelton High School after all.

The school's headmaster, facing a groundswell of opposition that spread across the world, said Saturday that she has reversed her decision to ban James Tate from the prom.
http://www.courant.com/community/shelton/hc-james-tate-shelton-prom-0515-20110514,0,2435005.story

 


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Sun, 05-15-2011 - 10:37am
IMO Tate's proposal was harmless fun. No one was hurt & nothing damaged.

Heads of schools should be worrying more about drugs, drinking & bullying.

 


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Sun, 05-15-2011 - 8:31pm
What rule could he have broken? He didn't deface the school building. Nothing was damaged. It was easily removable! How is that, in ANY way, grounds for suspending him in the first place? I read my DD rule book every year - of course, it's a different school, but I don't remember anything other than actual damage or defacement of school property that would warrant a suspension.

Yes, enforce the rules...but be sure that you (being the principal) understand what you're enforcing first! She went way beyond.

Heck, my DD told me how one of her friends serenaded the girl he took to Prom in front of the entire classroom. The teacher didn't mind the 3 minutes & he certainly wasn't suspended by the Principal - even though there is a rule against disrupting a classroom.

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Sun, 05-15-2011 - 8:31pm
YAY!!

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