He asked her to prom. She said, “Yes.” The school said, “No.” One creative gesture leaves one high school senior dateless for prom and another banned from the social event of the year.
Shelton, Conn. high school senior James Tate wanted to ask his friend, Sonali Rodrigues, to prom in a unique way. So, late one night, he and a friend taped large cardboard letters to the entrance of their high school spelling out “Sonali Rodrigues, Will you go to prom with me? HMU Tate,” The Connecticut Post reports.
The sweet gesture landed Tate a date, but school officials weren’t wooed by the act. They say he was trespassing and risked his life by using a ladder to post the letters, the paper reported.
So Tate’s punishment? He is now banned from attending prom.
Too harsh? Many seem to think so.
The Let James Tate Go To Prom Facebook Fan Page has more than 123,000 “likes” and the Wall is filled with support for romantic teen.
One fan, Sue, writes, “There was no damage to property, there was no crime in what he did. He should be allowed to go to senior prom…I hope the rest of the town stands up for them!!”
The world is all-a-twitter about this punishment, too. The hashtag #teamtate has been quickly catching on with growing tweets of support.
Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti has also weighed in on the matter stating he doesn’t think the “punishment fits the crime.”
With all of the buzz surrounding this ban, new legislation is even in the works! State Reps. Jason Perillo and Sean Williams are introducing an amendment that would “force schools to come up with an alternate means of punishment rather than banning students from school events,” according to the paper.So what do you think: Are you Team Tate? Should he be allowed to go to prom?