Dispatches from Planet Prom

Without fail, prom season each year brings out the absurd in school officials.

In Cherryville, N.C., Shafer Rupard showed up at the prom wearing pants.

“The teacher tapped me on the shoulder and said she had a problem with what I was wearing,” Rupard tells WBTV. “I thought it was because of the hat or the leather jacket and I was like well I’ll take those off and she was like no, it’s the pants.”

Nothing in the dress code that accompanied the prom invitation said anything about pants, the principal admitted, though he still hasn’t issued an apology.

This follows last week’s brouhaha caused by a senior in Pennsylvania asking Miss America to be his prom date. For the crime, he was suspended for three days.

On the other hand, some schools get it.

Students at Lowell High School’s peer mentoring program in Massachusetts threw a prom for special needs students at area high schools.

One of the students said she was so taken by the effort that she’s decided to give up on the idea of being a journalist and now plans to be a special needs teacher.

  • kevinfromminneapolis

    Never went to prom. It seemed like more work than I was willing to put into hanging out with the same people I saw every day.

    Still managed to get kicked out of it my junior year though.

  • DavidG

    I haven’t figured out the Pennsylvania case. I’ve seen some comments floating around that suggest the kid asked her while she was at the school for some kind of school event, thereby disrupting it. If so, some kind of discipline was probably warranted.

    I certainly can’t fathom any other circumstance that would warrant them dictating who he can ask. Though they could certainly bar her entrance.

    re: The Lowell Special Needs Prom: The Best Buddies program in Des Moines hosts a similar prom, among other activities.

  • Kassie

    I just hope that the “special needs prom” doesn’t make so the kids don’t go to or aren’t welcome at the real proms in their schools. As we all know, separate is not equal.