Preston teen banned from prom reader reaction: “The whole prom thing seems to be more trouble than it’s worth”
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15-year-old Ella Rose Whitehead from Ashton was informed by Ashton Community Science College that due to her "negative behaviour and unwillingness to co-operate" that she would not be able to attend her prom.
Ella Rose, who has been diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), already had her dress picked out with help from her late gran Julie, 59, who passed in May from kidney failure.
The ban debated a hot topic among Post readers on whether it was right or not.
Here is a selection of the comments:
Nicky Watkinson: “Disgraceful discrimination, poor girl.”
Joe Ditchfield: “No sympathy, she should have behaved at school.”
Brenda Mcshane: “It is about time school started to have a prom with everyone or not do a prom at all, it is ridiculous to exclude students.”
Leesha Southern Oliver: “Do your own leaving do school one's are rubbish anyway.”
John Norton: “The school reserves every right to do that.”
Jen Flint: “Regardless of circumstances a child should not be excluded from end of year/end of school event.”
Carolyn Selic: “Time to get rid of prom and possibly cell phones during school hours. I'm sorry for the girl and that is a fabulous dress but maybe she can wear it for a suitable occasion later.”
Nick Thompson: “The whole prom thing seems to be more trouble than it’s worth.”
Willie Bolton: “She got punished I think it’s fair sad back story to it but I don’t see anything wrong with stopping her going that’s why it’s called punishment.”
Maria Mortimer: “Actions have consequences. You will encounter it in the big wide world. Learn from it.”
Margaret Hancock: “If a student had a broken leg and broke a school rule about not using crutches, would that be fair? I know what its like to care for a child with various conditions and its unfair to judge them in the same way. You can’t punish a fish for being unable to climb a tree.”