Part of the Bay Area News Group

Give the kid a break

By Tony Hicks
Thursday, May 12th, 2011 at 5:11 pm in Uncategorized.

I cringe when schools take political correctness to places they shouldn’t. But this goes beyond even political correctness.

James Tate, a high schooler in Connecticut, got creative to ask a girl to the prom. Nothing wrong with that as long as he’s not spelling out “Let’s Go to the Prom” in gasoline and lighting on fire on her front lawn.

James and a couple friends posted his query to Sonali Rodrigues in 12-inch tall cardboard letters outside the school’s main entrance, where she  – and everyone else – would see it upon arriving at school.

Bingo – it worked. She said yes.

Bango – the school suspended him and barred him from the prom.

Didn’t any of these no-fun-havin old toads ever see “Say Anything?”

The letters weren’t spray-painted, nor did they spell out anything vulgar. James was more than happy to clean up the non-permanent mess. No harm, no foul. Hey, let’s appreciate a little creativity on the kid’s part. At least he didn’t freaking text of Skype the question.

Humorless school officials told him he was suspended for tresspassing and that the message constituted a safety risk.

How? Were the letters made of unexploded ordinance or something?

The lovebirds did get to go on the Today show to talk about what happened, and friends of set up a Facebook page to try convincing the stupid adults to re-consider (check out the Team Tate shirts – nice). Meanwhile, two nice kids get denied a prom memory.

[You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.]

Leave a Reply