Entries in Prom (6)


Chicago HS Student Paralyzed in Shooting Goes to Prom

ABC News(CHICAGO) -- A Chicago high school senior who was paralyzed in a shooting last year didn't let his injuries stop him from enjoying one senior year highlight, his prom.

Miles Turner, a student at Leo High School in Chicago, was talking with his cousin when they became the targets of gunshots last October. Although police said Turner's cousin was the main target, Turner was hit five times. His cousin was killed.

Chicago's murder rate has risen over the last year even as it has decreased in other major American cities.

Turner survived his injuries after spending two months in the ICU and six weeks in a coma. The former 300-pound linebacker lost a third of his body weight while in recovery.

Although his spine was not hit in the shooting, it is unclear how much mobility he will have in the future. He was confined to a wheelchair after the shooting, he has very limited mobility in his legs. Turner was recently released from a rehab center.

Turner's mother, Angela Turner, said doctors weren't sure if he would be able to walk again due to his injuries, which have left his spine in "sleep mode."

"The way he's fighting, saying, 'I'm going to do it,' who knows?" she told ABC News station WLS-TV in Chicago.

On Friday, Turner prepped for his prom by cutting off his dreadlocks and dressing in a white tux with a blue vest. His family made him pose for a photo before he left for the dance.

Surrounded by family and friends eager to get a picture of him, he summed up how he felt about their support in three words: "Good. Honored. Surprised."

At the dance, Turner was joined by a group of friends wearing variations on his tuxedo. They crowded around him for a group photo.

"We played football for four years together. I was shocked to hear the news what happened that day," fellow student Jordan Smiley said. "I'm glad to see him now."

Turner is set to graduate in June and plans on attending college. Although he cannot currently walk, Turner plans on accomplishing another goal: playing college football.

"I want to go to college and play football," Turner told WLS-TV. "Football is my favorite sport. It's all I know."

While Turner has a long road ahead of him before he reaches a full recovery, he's determined.

"Just don't stop, don't quit, keep fighting," Turner said."Good things will happen."

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Georgia High School Has First Integrated Prom

iStockphoto(WILCOX COUNTY, Ga.) -- A high school in Georgia had its first integrated prom on Saturday night.

For decades, there were two proms at Wilcox County High School; a white prom and a black prom. These segregated proms were organized and thrown by parents, and the school itself avoided endorsing any prom festivities.

The integrated prom was not organized by the school either, by a group of students, black and white, who decided that a prom they could all attend was long overdue.

Mareshia Rucker was one of the students who created integrated prom Facebook event to raise awareness and support for the prom.

“We were doing that so that we could get the word out and so that some people would begin to donate and help us out in what we were doing,” Rucker explained.

The community responded, and many supplies and funds needed to throw the prom were donations.

“It's just time for a change and we have it this evening, which is good,” Adelle Lawson, told ABC’s Good Morning America the day before the prom. That night, Lawson’s grandchild celebrated prom with white students for the first time.

Even though the integrated prom was by all accounts a success, there was still a segregated prom, thrown by white parents.

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Colorado Prom Chaperones Sprayed Lysol on Dirty Dancers, Teens Say

Jennifer Farmer pictured from KMGH-TV report. (Image credit: ABC NEWS)(DENVER) -- Colorado teenagers are alleging that two mothers who chaperoned their high school prom sprayed Lysol disinfectant on teens they thought were dirty dancing, calling them “sluts” and “whores.”

The Manitou Springs High School teens filed a police report after they said the two chaperones, Jennifer Farmer and Hannah Rockey, sprayed them while they were dancing, according to ABC News’ Denver affiliate KMGH. Manitou Springs is a small town just outside of Colorado Springs.

One mother complained to a security guard that the students were dancing “like they are having sex with their clothes on,” according to the police report obtained by KMGH.

One of the students went to police and asked to file a report. Some of the students claimed the spray got in their eyes and mouths and that they had to leave the prom, according to the police report.

Farmer and Rockey were cited for harassment for allegedly “directing obscene language to another in a public place.”

The women did not respond to requests for comment from ABC News, but Farmer told KMGH, “At this time I’m under legal counsel and can’t say anything about what happened that night.”

Rockey’s attorney told KMGH “there was no Lysol” and they are looking into whether the women may have used air freshener to separate the dancing teens.

Manitou Springs Police Lt. Jim Hopkins told KMGH that only one teen decided to press charges, but seven others also said that name-calling and Lysol-spraying took place.

The Manitou Springs School district said in a statement issued to KMGH that they were “aware of complaints” from the April 22 prom.

The women could face fines of up to $750 and up to six months in jail if charged and convicted.

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Students Hold Girls-Only Prom at Michigan High School

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(HAMTRAMCK, Mich.) -- Because of religious and cultural beliefs that restrict interaction with boys, many of the Muslim students at Hamtramck High School in Michigan would not have been able to attend their senior prom, so they decided to hold one just for themselves—no boys invited.

The event unfolded with the theme “Once Upon a Time,” and it was a hit, Tharima Ahmed, one of the organizers of the school’s first girls-only prom, told in an interview.

Ahmed, who is Muslim, formed the Princess Project committee with other students to raise funds and plan.

“We wanted to abide by the rules but still have fun,” the 17-year-old said of the April 28 event held inside a banquet hall in Hamtramck.

Among the estimated 120 girls who attended were Muslim students from the school’s other grades, those who had graduated without going to their own proms and non-Muslim students who were there to enjoy the evening with their friends.

Hamtramck is a diverse city. According to Census data, it is home to significant communities of Middle Easterners, Native Americans, African Americans, South Asians and Eastern Europeans, among other ethnicities.

Many of those ethnicities were in attendance at the prom, where the partiers crowned a duchess, princess and senior princess. Ahmed was crowned prom queen.

She is gratified by the support she has received in the school and from the wider community.

“By the end of the night, the girls were just amazed at how fun it was,” she said. “They just kept thanking me throughout the whole entire event for putting it together and I was just so happy. It made it all worthwhile.”

Asked how the boys may have felt about it, Ahmed replied that they didn’t mind at all.

“They really loved the idea. The guys really respected it,” she said.

Ahmed, who plans to study business at Wayne State University in the fall, said she felt as though she’d had “the full prom experience.”

The high school will host a traditional prom for boys and girls later in May, Janet Tabakovic, an English teacher who advised the Princess Project committee, told ABC News.

The girls-only prom is “an idea that has been floating around for a few years,” she said. “You would hear the girls say, ‘We should have a prom, we should have a prom, we should have a prom,’ but no one ever got together to do it. … This group of girls is very driven, and so they decided they really wanted it and they were going to do it.”

“It was really fantastic to see all of the girls who were there having so much fun and really enjoying themselves and, you know, being able to just dance if they want to dance and talk to who they want to talk to,” added Tabakovic, who attended the prom. “They really had a great time. It was really wonderful because, otherwise, they really wouldn’t have been to a prom at all.”

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Minnesota Teen Can’t Bring Porn Star to Prom

Hemera/Thinkstock(OAKDALE, Minn.) -- A Minnesota high school senior who asked 600 porn stars to prom on Twitter will not be allowed to bring the one who said yes, his school said.

Mike Stone, 18, tweeted to his prospective dates: “i have dinner hotel and ill give u a massage to.”

The teenager told ABC News he turned to Twitter after several girls at Tartan High School in Oakdale, Minn., turned him down.

“I didn’t expect this to get blown up. It’s great. Everyone at my school is supporting me,” Stone said.

But school administrators didn’t think so. They banned Megan Piper, 19, who is a Los Angeles-based adult entertainer, from attending prom.

Stone, whose mother said he has special needs, didn’t tell her about his porn star date at first.

“I was a little upset at first and I feel like I’m on my kids and know what they’re up to,” Diven Stone said. “But I support him and I don’t understand what her profession has to do with anything.”

In a statement released to ABC affiliate KSTP, Tartan High School said Piper’s attendance “would be prohibited under Tartan’s standard prom procedures and would be inconsistent with two school district policies.” Those policies prohibit activity that may lead to disruptions.

Piper said she is disappointed the school banned her from being Stone’s prom date, especially since she never attended her own high school prom.

“I can make this kid’s dream prom experience come true and get a chance to go to prom,” she told ABC News. “It was a win for both of us.”

Mike and his date said they plan to throw their own “alternative prom” and invite the Tartan High School students to attend it instead.

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Suspended Connecticut High School Student Can Go to Prom

WTNH/ABC News(SHELTON, Conn.) -- After becoming an adolescent folk hero, James Tate can go to his senior prom after all.

The Connecticut teen who attends Shelton High School was transformed into a media sensation last week, when it was revealed that he was being banned from attending the dance after pulling off a grand romantic gesture. Tate and two friends posted huge cardboard letters on the side of the school that asked a girl "will you go to the prom with me? HMU." The last three letters mean "Hit Me Up," as in "Let Me Know."

Sonali Rodrigues, a friend of Tate's, agreed to accompany him, but the school slapped a one-day, in-house suspension on her suitor for his abuse of school property -- which also meant the prom was also out of bounds.

News of Tate's predicament spread quickly. A Facebook page dedicated to getting school administrators to change their minds attracted plenty of support. Tate also appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Today, and other shows. All the attention apparently worked: last Saturday, the Shelton High School headmaster reversed her decision.

Dr. Beth A. Smith said the school was altering its policy that lifts the ban forbidding Tate from going to the big dance on June 4.  Administrators will now decide what to do about suspended students on a case-by-case basis.

Smith admitted that the "international notoriety" the case received factored into the decision-making process.

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