Teen Wants to Take Grandma to Prom, but His Killjoy High School Says No

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Well, there’s one heartwarming story the world won’t be getting this week, because an Alabama high school student who wanted to bring his grandma to prom has just been told that his school won’t let him. Boo.

According to KGUN9 News, 18-year-old Bryce Maine said his grandmother had always been really important in his life. It sounds like Maine’s grandmother raised him, and she had never had an opportunity to go to a prom of her own, and that’s why Maine decided he wanted to celebrate his prom by taking his grandma to the dance. He wouldn’t be the first, either.

A few years ago an Ohio teenager took his 89-year-old grandmother to prom because she had never been able to go to a school dance in her youth. Then last year an Indiana teenager took his 93-year-old great grandma to prom. Everyone said, “Aww,” to those stories, but Bryce Maine’s high school is not interested in being an adorable viral news story this week, and the school authorities have said that Maine is not allowed to bring his grandma to prom. Now they’re going viral for a completely different reason, and nobody likes those joy-hating, granny-banning grumps.

Bryce put a lot of effort into asking his grandma to prom. He hand-painted the banner he used for his “promposal,” and his grandma even went and bought a prom dress for the occasion. But Eufaula High School principal Steve Hawkins says prom dates over 20 are not allowed, because prom dates over 21 could conceivably distribute alcohol to the kids.

“Safety of students and staff is the first and most important of the many tasks of a school administrator,” the school said in a statement, because grandmas in prom dresses are a real threat to teen safety these days. “We do not chance leaving any stone unturned when it comes to safety. Most high schools have an age limit for prom attendees.”

Maine’s cousin says the school called and said that if he were allowed to take his grandmother to prom, future students might decide to take old people to prom as a joke and that the school would become “a mockery.”

Maine says that if the school won’t let him take grandma to prom, they’re just going to have their own prom instead. His grandmother already has a fancy dress, and now they just plan to go out to dinner and take pictures together.