Shockingly, student Amanda Dougherty was banned from her own prom after the school learned she was dateless. A Catholic school in Pennsylvania informed the junior about their stag policy, but she is fighting the Archdiocese to overturn the rule.
Imagine for a moment looking forward to your special night, getting asked out to the prom, buying your ticket, and shopping for the perfect dress, fit for a princess. However, for whatever reason, your date backs out.
That’s bad enough, but it gets worse. Now, imagine that when the school you attend learns that you are going solo, and gives you this bad news: You can’t attend alone. You can’t even make it a night out with just the girls.
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Amanda Dougherty was banned from attending her prom after school officials realized her date had backed out at the last minute. Archbishop John Carroll High School cited the policy of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. It forbids students from taking part in the prom if they are dateless, according to a 4/25/12 Huffington Post story.
The office of Catholic Education released a statement to explain its policy. Here is a segment:
“…Our high schools offer numerous dances and events throughout the year where dates are not required, but we view the prom as a special social event where a date is required to attend.”
In response, Amanda Dougherty had this to say about the prom ban:
“For them to say we’re not good enough to go without a guy next to us, that’s kind of sickening.”
As the annual school occasion approaches, teens in the Tampa Bay area have taken to creative ways for landing a date, thanks to the prom-posals trend. It is just what the name implies, but the biggest part of it has to do with how a person asks someone to the prom. There are scavenger hunts, Facebook pages set up asking for dates, and the tradition of getting hooked up through a blind date.
However, one kid became adventurous by hiring a plane that towed a banner across the sky as part of his prom-posal. While his intended target was his girlfriend of two and a half years, a psychiatrist says it demonstrates the romantic side of teenagers.
Next to a school’s homecoming, the prom is one of the highlights of a student’s memories growing up as a teenager.
Because Amanda Dougherty was banned from her prom, she is undoubtedly emotionally torn by the experience and the embarrassment from the school’s policy. Hopefully, she finds a date, and becomes Cinderella for a night.
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