Did you hear about the high school student who is not allowed to attend her junior prom because she does not have a date?
Amanda Dougherty, 17, a student at Archbishop John Carroll High School in Glenolden, Pennsylvania, was denied access to her prom by the Catholic Archdiocese after Dougherty’s date backed out a week before the prom.
I understand Dougherty’s plight. When I was a freshman in high school, I was denied access to the Freshman-Senior Get Acquainted Dance for “inciting riot upon myself.”
That sucked, too, but I would imagine that this is considerably worse.
The Archdiocese released a statement explaining their moronic decision:
“There are various reasons that a student would not be able to attend. Not having a date is one example. Our high schools offer numerous dances and events throughout the year where dates are not required, but we view the prom as a special social event where a date is required to attend.”
It’s incomprehensible how stupid and narrow-minded administrators in all walks of life can be at times. I hope Amanda Dougherty files suit against the Catholic Archdiocese and wins a judgment of ten billion dollars.
I hope the Vatican is required to host a prom in Amanda’s honor.
I hope the nameless, faceless administrative coward who issued that statement without attaching his name is uninvited to every party and social gathering for the next five years.
I hope his family forgets about his next ten birthdays.
I hope he is alone for Christmas and New Years Eve.
High school is tough enough without dumb ass administrators making it any more difficult. I cannot imagine a more asinine decision than telling a high school student that she cannot attend her prom because she does not have a date.
If she still needs a date, I will personally drive to Glenolden, Pennsylvania and escort the young lady to the prom.
The insensitivity toward the Dougherty and her public shaming are bad enough (and probably enough to warrant labeling the administrator a bully by current legal standards if administrators were subject to the same rules as students), but it’s the sheer stupidity of this decision that angers me the most.
I simply cannot abide stupidity in decision-making.