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No prom for grandmom, Alabama high school decides

The teen's grandmother, Catherine Maine.

The teen's grandmother, Catherine Maine.  (Sarah Catherine)

A sweet Alabama teenager wanted to give his grandmother the opportunity she never had, to attend a high school prom. But after an adorable “promposal,” and a new dress was bought, his high school principal changed his mind and said the granny is not welcome.

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A Facebook post pleads, “Eufaula High School let my Grandma go to Prom!”

Bryce’s cousin wrote in the post that the decision to allow the grandmother to go to prom reached the Board of Education and that they said if Bryce were to take “Nanny” to prom, then future students will do it as a joke and “make the school a mockery.”

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Students are using the hashtag #letnannygotoprom to fight the decision.

Eufaula High School sent a statement to WTVM, part of which reads:

 “The Eufaula High School Student Handbook states on page 44:

‘The Junior-Senior Prom is a cherished event held in the spring of each year. Attendees must be under the age of twenty and/or should be enrolled at EHS‘...

Steve Hawkins, principal of Eufaula City Schools, stated, ‘Safety of students and staff is the first and most important of the many tasks of a school administrator. 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.  We do not chance leaving any stone unturned when it comes to safety. Most high schools have an age limit for prom attendees.’“

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