As an englishman I have no knowledge about "prom nights" except what I have picked up off films like "Carrie." It seems to me to be a very expensive excuse to make unpopular children feel bad about themselves and wish that, they too, had Sissy Spacek's knife throwing abilities. This story, sent in to me yesterday by Whiteycat, just reinforces my disdain for both prom nights and the Roman Catholic hierarchy.
From CBS PHILLY:
For many students, prom is the most anticipated night of their high school career.
Amanda Dougherty was all set to go to the prom, she was excited. When she bought her prom dress, that was it, she says she knew it was the one for her. Amanda paid $95 for the prom tickets, add that to the cost of the dress, the shoes, flowers and she says it’s close to $1,000. But when Amanda’s date cancelled on her earlier this week, she slammed right into a wall. She says she was told by school officials at Archbishop John Carroll High School she could not go to the junior prom next Friday without a date.
“For them to say that we’re not good enough to go unless we have a guy standing next to us, it’s just kind of sickening,” said Amanda.
The office of Catholic Education has released a statement which reads in part:
"The prom is an exciting event for students in all of our Archdiocesan high schools. We do have policies in place to regulate both the junior and senior prom. Unfortunately, not all students are able to attend. 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."
The girl from Glenolden says she is willing to fight to change the policy for all students and her efforts to do so are making her dad proud.
“She’s standing up for what she believes is right."
Everything is about sex with the Roman Catholics. You can't even go to a dance unless there is the chance that you will end up procreating.