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Should School Districts Change Age Limit Rules?

Posted by on May. 3, 2013 at 10:49 AM
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School Bans Airforce Airman From Sister's Prom But He Shows Up Anyway (VIDEO)

by Jacqueline Burt

airman promThey say there's an exception to every rule, and that's what Kansas high school junior Courtney Widener's special prom date request should have been considered by school officials. But it wasn't -- at least, not at first. Courtney wanted to bring her 22-year-old brother, Senior Airman Casey Widener, to the prom, and I don't blame her: She'd only seen Casey once since he got back from his deployment in Afghanistan. Of course she wanted a night on the town with her big bro! But she was told that bringing her brother was against the school district's rule prohibiting anyone over the age of 21 from participating in prom activities. Courtney was devastated ... until Casey came up with a way to escort his sister without getting her in trouble.

Instead of taking Courtney to the actual dance, he walked her down the red carpet (proms have red carpets now?!) and gave her a proper military salute. Then he left.

Awww!! Too sweet. If these kids were mine, I would be bursting with pride. (And probably crying a lot.)

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Anyway, thankfully someone caught the magical moment on video ... and posted it online, where it quickly went viral.

"We never expected it to blow up like this," says Courtney.

Nor did Courtney and her family expect what happened next. The video got so much attention that district officials are considering changing the age limit rule. You can see why when you watch the salute:


I think this might be the happiest prom story ever told. Not to mention a super-sweet sibling tale. (Does this mean there's hope my son and daughter might get along someday?!)

Do you think the school district should change the age limit rule?

by on May. 3, 2013 at 10:49 AM
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atlmom2
by Susie on May. 3, 2013 at 11:19 AM
I don't know if our school has a limit. I know approval is needed. Dd went with her boyfriend who was a year older. I wouldn't want my 17 or 18 yo dating a 22 yo anyway. I know this was a brother, but still. Our school encourages no dates and to go in groups. It is awesome. My dd 22 did not have a date her junior year. Had a better time than with a date her senior year.
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luckysevenwow
by Platinum Member on May. 3, 2013 at 4:50 PM
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I get the rule, but I think sometimes rules should be broken. allowing this young girl to bring her brother doesn't set any precedence...unless all of the girls plan to bring their over 21 year old brothers. The main idea for me is that this wasn't a boyfriend or a casual friend. It was her brother.

Carmel63
by Bronze Member on May. 3, 2013 at 6:28 PM

In my district the age limit is 20.  No, the district should not change the age limit.

fammatthews4
by Trisha on May. 3, 2013 at 6:32 PM
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Our district the age limit is 19 or 20 I don't remember which and since DD isn't going this year I don't have the permission paper to check. I think the districts should stick to their rules, and I agree with them in this case. This never would have even made the news if it was just a girl wanting to bring her brother who wasn't in the military.
mumsy2three
by Shauna on May. 5, 2013 at 12:32 PM

This is what I was going to say as well. I think it's a situation where a rule can be bent since it was her sibling.

Quoting luckysevenwow:

I get the rule, but I think sometimes rules should be broken. allowing this young girl to bring her brother doesn't set any precedence...unless all of the girls plan to bring their over 21 year old brothers. The main idea for me is that this wasn't a boyfriend or a casual friend. It was her brother.


sahlady
by Gold Member on May. 6, 2013 at 8:22 PM
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it is a slippery slope when you start making exceptions to rules.

bizzeemom2717
by on May. 6, 2013 at 8:24 PM

 I agree with the pp, it is a slipperey slope when you start changing rules around and making exceptions...no I think the school has that rule for good reason.

boys2men2soon
by Kimberly on May. 6, 2013 at 9:18 PM


Quoting fammatthews4:

Our district the age limit is 19 or 20 I don't remember which and since DD isn't going this year I don't have the permission paper to check. I think the districts should stick to their rules, and I agree with them in this case. This never would have even made the news if it was just a girl wanting to bring her brother who wasn't in the military.

This.     Many high schoolers have siblings in the military.   My brother was in the Navy....   I never dreamed of him taking me to Prom, though.     I do remember being at a friends house for a sleepover and receiveing a call from my Mom (before cell phones, lol) asking me to come home.   I balked, wanting to party with my friends...then my brothers voice was on the line....  I couldn't get home fast enough!!   I would have cancelled anything to spend a little time with him.




3mom627
by Member on May. 6, 2013 at 9:36 PM

 I understand the point of it being her brother, but I am still for the age limit. If you change it for one, then all the girls probably will be bringing in older guys. I feel the age limit should stand.

3MOM627

have a nice day

PurpleHazey
by on May. 7, 2013 at 9:53 AM

No, they are for a reason and the rules should not change.

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