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?
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.