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School board says 'Nanny' still can’t go to prom: What's wrong with these people?!

Nanny prom

 (Courtesy Bryce Maine)

In spite of a national uproar, an Alabama school district is standing by its decision to ban a teenager from inviting his grandmother to be his prom date.

Bryce Maine, a senior at Eufaula High School, was told that his beloved “Nanny” would not be a suitable prom date because she was too old.

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Bryce’s father met with school officials Monday morning – hoping to reach some sort of compromise – but that did not happen.

What in the name of “Sweet Home Alabama” is going on down in Eufaula?

“It’s still a no,” Bryce told me.

What in the name of “Sweet Home Alabama” is going on down in Eufaula?

Principal Steve Hawkins told television station WXTX they have a policy banning people over the age of 20 from attending the junior-senior prom.

“For the 10 years I have been high school principal, we have denied requests each year from students asking to bring older dates to prom,” Principal Steve Hawkins wrote in a statement to the television station.

We’re talking about a young man who wants to honor his grandmother. It’s a beautiful Hallmark moment that the school district is turning into some sort of sordid "Mrs. Robinson" meets "Fifty Shades of Gray" affair.

Mitzi Clayton, the school district’s spokesperson, told me most schools have an age limit for prom.

“We care for all students, but it is a junior-senior prom,” she said. “The student asked several times if he could take his grandmother to prom. He was told no.”

She said the rules and regulations are laid out in the student handbook – presented to kids on the first day of school.

“Our whole point in having an age limit is for safety,” she said.

As if Nanny was going to smuggle in a flask and spike the punch bowl.

“You start looking at exceptions then there are exceptions for other things as well. We felt like that it’s best to keep the rule as it is,” she said.

So here’s the back story:

A few months ago Bryce Maine was sitting around a table in Eufaula, Alabama making plans for the high school prom.

“I asked my nanny who she went to prom with and she said she’d never been,” the 18-year-old senior told me.

Bryce was a bit surprised that his grandmother – his nanny – had never gone to prom.

“Every woman deserves to go to a prom,” Bryce said.

And from Bryce’s perspective there was no one more deserving than his sweet grandmother, Catherine Maine.

“She’s my world. She’s been with me ever since I was born,” he said. “She’s basically the only woman figure I have in my life. She means a lot to me.”

So Bryce set about to concoct an elaborate plan to ask his nanny to the big dance and on February 18th – he popped the question.

“I was at school and I texted her – and told her she needed to come up here because I wasn’t feeling too well,” he recounted. “I told the lady at the front desk so she would know to sign my nanny in as a visitor.”

Bryce was standing in the hallway holding a homemade sign that read, “Prom.”

“It’s so nice that he wanted me to go but I kept asking – don’t you want to take someone else, but he kept saying no, I want my nanny,” Mrs. Maine told television station WXTX.

Nanny said yes – but unfortunately the school’s principal said no.

The Maine family is heartbroken – to say the least. Nanny had even purchased a lovely evening gown for the occasion.

Bryce’s cousin posted a message on Facebook blasting the school’s decision – and that posting has since gone viral – along with a very clever hashtag: #LetNannyGoToProm.

“I’m just trying to stand up for my nanny,” Bryce told me.

But since the school has banned his grandmother, the high school football player says he will not be attending either.

But prom night won’t be a total loss – thanks to the fine folks at the Eufaula Country Club. They’ve invited Bryce and his nanny to join them for a delicious meal on April 8th.

And Bryce also plans to take his nanny out onto the dance floor.

“I picked out some of the songs she liked from back in the day – a lot of Elvis,” he said.

Well, I suspect the King of Rock and Roll would have some mighty nice things to say about Bryce Maine – a fine Southern gentleman who loves his nanny. 

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Todd Starnes is host of Fox News & Commentary. His latest book is “The Deplorables’ Guide to Making America Great Again.” Follow him on Twitter @ToddStarnes and find him on Facebook.

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