After spending approximately $1000 for prom, student Amanda Doughtery was told by Archbishop John Carroll High School that she could not attend prom without a date.
A rule by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia bans students from attending prom without a date. When Amanda’s date cancelled on her she is left fighting this rule in order to attend prom that she has dreamed of attending for years.
According to Amanda’s father, she had been excited about prom since starting highschool. This school policy has basically shattered her dreams.
“For them to say we’re not good enough to go without a guy next to us, that’s kind of sickening.”, Amanda told CBS Philly.
School officials issued a statement regarding this issue:
“We can’t address specific issues with specific students but 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”
Amanda and her father are still trying to get the Catholic school board to reconsider. But it seems they just won’t budge.
Has anyone heard of such policy anywhere else in the U.S. or Canada?
What do you think of this school policy?