Pennsylvania girl to attend Catholic school's prom after first being told she couldn't go solo

A Pennsylvania girl is going to her high school prom after at first being denied the chance because of a rule by the Catholic archdiocese that forbids students from attending the dance solo, a spokeswoman with the archdiocese told 

Amanda Dougherty, 17, purchased her dress back in December for next week's highly anticipated junior prom at Archbishop John Carroll High School in Radnor, Pa., a Philadelphia suburb, CBS affiliate KYW-TV reported Tuesday. The teen had her shoes and flowers picked out -- and had even paid the $95 for the prom tickets, according to the station.

But the girl's date reportedly backed out this week, leaving her with no chance to attend the dance solo because of a rule under the Philadelphia Archdiocese.

“She’s been excited for a couple years,” the girl's father, Jack Dougherty, told the station. “She went out around Christmas looking for her dress.”

But a spokeswoman for the archdiocese told Thursday that Dougherty does have a date and will be attending the prom.

Dougherty could not be reached for comment for this story.

“We do have policies in place to regulate the junior and senior prom," the archdiocese said in a statement to "There are various reasons that a student might not be able to attend. Not having a date is one example. 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.”

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