A Connecticut teenager who posted a sign on the front of his high school asking a girl to go to prom with him has been barred from attending.
The message said: “Sonali Rodrigues, Will you go to the prom with me? HMU -Tate.” HMU means hit me up, or call me.
Rodrigues said yes. But Tate and his two friends have been given one-day, in-house suspensions by the headmaster and barred from the prom.
This suspension has caused a viral uproar from around the world. Facebook pages were created with hundreds of thousands of “Likes” from people who feel the punishment was unjust and are rallying together in support of overturning the suspension from the prom. All were a-twitter on twitter also in support of the overturning of the suspension.
But the school has a “Zero Tolerance Policy”: Shelton High School’s policy states that any student who receives an in-school or out-of-school suspension after April 1 is automatically prevented from going to the prom.But through all the support from a worlwide following, the school overturned their decision.
Regarding Tate’s punishment, the Headmaster Smith said Saturday:
“In an effort to maintain a focus on teaching and learning, I have decided to implement alternate consequences on a case by case basis, beginning with James Tate and for other students who received internal suspension after April 1, which would then permit some to attend the prom.”
Superintendent Freeman Burr confirmed that yes, the statement means Tate can go to his prom. The fate of his friends wasn’t as clear, due to the vague generalities of the statement and the fact the headmaster did not take questions.Full article available on the schools website, Valley Independent Sentinel.