Amanda Dougherty banned prom
Archbishop John Carroll High School that she needed a date to attend. Adding to Dougherty's woes, she estimates she's already spent around $1,000 preparing for what was supposed to be a magical night. Ouch. The Office of Catholic Education is standing firm, saying it hosts plenty of single-friendly dances but that the prom is a "special social event where a date is required to attend.
Amanda Dougherty, 17, has everything she needs for prom: a dress, fancy shoes, flowers and even tickets. But when her date cancelled on her last week, school officials told her she could not prom by herself, according to KYW, the CBS station in Philadelphia.
"For them to say not that we're not good enough to go unless we have a guy standing next to us, it's just kind of sickening," Amanda told KYW.
Archbishop John Carroll High School, which Amanda attends, does not list rules about prom on its website.
But in a statement to KYW, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Office of Catholic Education confirmed it has "policies in place to regulate both the junior and senior prom."
"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 office said.
Amanda has vowed to fight the rule. Time is running out, however; her prom is scheduled for Friday.
Amanda Dougherty, a 17-year-old junior, had already spent nearly $1,000 on attire, flowers and tickets when her date canceled at the last minute. But because of a stipulation where the prom is viewed as “a special social event where a date is required to attend,” Dougherty was told she couldn’t go.
Understandably, Dougherty felt slighted. “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,” she said.
Still, Dougherty isn’t about to accept all of this meekly, and intends to fight to have the rule changed for all students. At the same time, she and her father will speak to school officials and attempt to have the policy waived in time for the prom next week. Watch a news report on this latest prom drama below.