Connecticut Teen No Longer Banned From Prom, Thanks to Facebook
James Tate wanted to find a creative way to ask his date to prom, but school officials didn't appreciate his idea. The Connecticut honor student was banned from the dance, but thanks to Facebook, that decision has been reversed.
According to ABC News, the Shelton High School senior was banned from the prom in April after posting a cardboard message on the side of the school that said: "Sonali Rodrigues Will You Go To Prom With Me? HMU – Tate."
"I was going to go with her and was waiting for a special time, a special way, to ask her," James explained. "I did that and this is what happened."
But a social media stir helped change the school's decision. After hundreds of thousands of people posted about the incident on Facebook, and more than 10,000 tweets were sent in support of James, the student received national notoriety. He was featured on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' and given the "Person of the Week" award by ABC anchor Diane Sawyer.
The media attention and social reaction caused the school reconsider its disciplinary action and allow James to attend prom as planned. The senior, and the friends who helped him with the gesture, will now be given "alternate consequences," but James will get to attend his June 4 prom with Sonali, who said yes.
On top of all this, Facebook is being used as a platform to get James elected as prom king. A new page called James Tate for Prom King 2011 currently boasts over 4,000 "likes."
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