This Season’s Worst Prom Story

But who knows? The season is young.

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James Tate just wanted to ask his friend Sonali to the prom in a unique way. So he did– in 12-inch letters  doublestick-taped to the entrance of the school in Bridgeport, CT. Inside a gated fence line. At 3 in the morning. Can you guess where this is going?

Trespassing. Not allowed. Suspended. Banned from prom. James, now a local-TV and internet sensation, denies the school’s issue over safety. He swears he wore a helmet , and a friend held the ladder. Doesn’t matter, he and his buds ain’t going to the prom. (Kids, don’t say :”ain’t” -Ed.) The sign already has been removed.

The Facebook page “Let James Tate Go to the Prom” is growing exponentially. As I write this, it’s gone from 15,600 who like it, to 17,260. By the time you read this, allow me to guarantee it will be more than 50-thou. And what the heck, add to the number, here.  

By the way,  Sonali said ‘yes.’ Chicks dig dudes who are rebels. So now James has his date, even if they don’t have a place to go. (Photo source: Connecticut Post)

Shelton seniors Sonali Rodrigues and James Tate stand outside Shelton High School Tuesday, May 10, 2011.   Tate asked Rodrigues to the prom by posting a message on the wall behind them.  She said yes but he is now prohibited from attending the school's prom as punishment for trespassing to post the sign. Photo: Autumn Driscoll / Connecticut Post

  • Kathy

    I guess as the story travels so does the location of the school. LOL It took place in SHELTON, CT….SHELTON HIGH SCHOOL, not Bridgeport, but thanks for the publicity none the less LA! :)
    SHS Alumni Class of 1989

  • Judge Tom

    As a juvenile court judge for 23 years, this appears to be a case of overreach. By now, James and his peers have learned a good lesson about consequences. A one-day ISS seems to be a sufficient penalty for this minor infraction.
    After all, the U.S. Supreme Court has recognized the importance of once-in-a-lifetime events such as a graduation ceremony. “Everyone knows that, in our society and in our culture, high school graduation is one of life’s most significant occasions.”* The same may be said for a student’s senior prom.
    *(Lee v. Weisman, 1992)
    Respectfully, Judge Tom.

  • Steve Bosso

    Love Judge Tom’s reply!

  • kshocknek

    Kathy — my apologies. Yes, Shelton. (Story was datelined Bridgeport, nothing more.) BTW, I just looked this morning, and now 115,000 have ‘liked’ the FB page.

  • Steve C.

    …now all they have to do is show up at the prom with a camera crew and a reporter.

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