Has everyone heard about James Tate in Shelton, Connecticut? I guess it's getting national attention.
Is it just me or is this getting out of hand?
Here's what happened; a senior at Shelton High named James Tate wanted to ask his girl to prom in a special way so he cut out 12 inch cardboard letters and taped them to the side of his school. They read "Sonali Rodrigues, will you go to prom with me? HMU (hit me up) Tate".
The school headmaster gave Tate and his friends who helped, In-School-Suspension and banned them from the prom.
Now, the whole country is coming down on the school's administration. There are facebook pages dedicated to allowing him to go and his story has been told on Jimmy Kimmel and with Matt Lauer this morning.
Does this teach kids that they can pull whatever idiot stunt they want and can use the power of social media to help them in the end?
James says it wasn't dangerous, he had friends hold the ladder for him and he even wore a helmet. He knew he would get reprimanded but did not think it would be this severe. In fact, he thinks he should be able to pick his punishment, "I feel like it would have been more appropriate to make me clean up the letters or spend a weekend there cleaning up trash outside the school, mopping the floors … maybe a week of detention, just so I don't miss my prom," James said.
The school so far is not backing down and they can't. The rule is that kids serving suspension (in school or out) cannot attend prom. If they change the rules for him then why have rules at all?
Maybe I'm being too harsh, but I think he needs to learn there is a penalty for your actions, and the millions of youths out there watching this unfold need to learn that too.
What do you think?