Allow James Tate of SHS Attend His Only Prom
  • Petitioned Headmaster Beth Smith

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Shelton High School
Headmaster Beth Smith

Allow James Tate of SHS Attend His Only Prom

    1. Angelica Tanner
    2. Petition by

      Angelica Tanner

      Winston, OR

James Tate is one among many seniors that has a chance at a once in a life time chance... his prom. Most teenagers out there would rather stay at home or sit on the sidelines waiting for a date to come through or someone to ask for a dance while James did the only orignal thing any young man can do. He stepped up and asked a highschool girl to attend with him, but he did not only ask, he showed spark and stepped up to show it before the entire school. Sure the rest of us would get in HUGE trouble just as his headmaster is doing for him but let the kid have a chance. He is one that is choosing to go to the only big thing (besides highschool football) that other teens would have never gotten. I say let him do some good out at the school. Place the poor guy on trash duty or cleaning up trays in the lunchroom. Either way he will still be punished.

 

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    • Jean Danowski COTATI, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      I am a CA Credentialed Teacher! At my old college, Henry Steele Commager (Past Dean of American Historians) gave a speech in which he said "DAMNED THE ABSOLUTE, and even that absolute!" Considering ALL the circumstances is key to justice. There must be another way to reprimand the young folks, and let them all go to the prom! I'll bet this will make the difference, between cultivating outlaws, or compassionate students, who become fair minded contributers to society.

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    • Carol Poirier SOUTH HADLEY, MA
      • over 3 years ago

      This is so ridiculous. Let him go and have fun. Find a better way to discipline your students. This is just wrong. What is this headmaster thinking???? This is not something bad.....

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    • kit birskovich SANTA CRUZ, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      Let's teach our students what justice means by treating them justly.

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    • Randy Lutz PROVIDENCE, RI
      • over 3 years ago

      What kind of terrible person would turn such a romantic and whimsical gesture into an international scandal by taking what is considered to be a rite of passage away from a kid who is obviously a good kid? That principal should be run out of town.

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    • Natalie Healey PORTLAND, OR
      • over 3 years ago

      Do the right thing Beth. James showed great humility when he apologized. You could learn a thing or two from him.

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