Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Question of the Day #926

I just read an article about a Connecticut boy who, in an effort to make a grand gesture, taped cardboard letter cutouts to the outside wall of his school's main entrance, reading, "Sonali Rodrigues, will you go to prom with me?"

Cute, right?

Until he was given one day in-school suspension for trespassing and posing a safety risk. The rules are, if you get in-school suspension after April 1, you can't go to prom.

Someone anonymously created a "Let James Tate Go to Prom" page on Facebook, which gained more than 1,000 supporters in just a few hours.

What's fascinating is that a small town matter can go worldwide in seconds. That suddenly, thousands of strangers are taking sides on a matter that has nothing to do with them. It's yet to be seen if the Facebook page will influence the school officials. But can you imagine being that principal, who's trying to enforce the rules, getting pushback from thousands of people who don't even know him/her?

What do you think of this story? What do you think about how personal news can go worldwide instantaneously?



  1. There should be some consequence for what he did, yes. But to not be able to attend prom, for such a minor misdeed? I don't agree with that decision at all. So now both he and his potential date suffer and miss out on a milestone high school event? Not cool.

  2. It seems the punishment does not fit the crime in this instance. And I think it's really interesting how our global community is shrinking/evolving thanks to social media. I don't know what to fully make of it except to observe and try to keep the collective moving in a positive direction. I think it's ben remarkable.

  3. Yes, he should have received some demerits or some such. But to keep a kid from the prom because of a prank that obviously had no malicious intent is inane, short-sighted and draconian.

  4. It's very strange how the entire country now has a say on what is happening in little ol' Shelton, CT. So many positives and so many negatives. In this instance, I think we all just want the little, romantic dude to win.


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