NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) — Selena Patterson says she spent $550 on her dress and nearly $1000 total for her and her boyfriend Omara to go to Friday’s senior prom together, only to find out about a week ago that her boyfriend is not allowed to attend.
“I just picked my dress up and we went and we got the suit and it’s like months of wasted time and money,” said Selena Patterson, Niagara Falls High School Senior.
Seniors who want to bring a guest who is not a Niagara Falls High School Senior are required to submit a guest form to get their date approved. No freshmen are allowed, but sophomores and juniors can attend as long as they are in good standing and approved by school administration. But Selena says her boyfriend was denied because he’s a junior at the CEC alternative school.
“If he was a student at a different school, and he was a junior he’d be allowed to go but because he’s a junior at that specific school that’s why he’s not allowed to go,” said Patricia Patterson, Selena’s mom.
The guest form does not say anything about CEC students who are not seniors not being able to attend prom. But Niagara Falls High School principal Robert Bradley says it’s part of past practice.
“It could be academics, it could be disciplinary, it could be personal reasons why students are over there but the past practice has always been if you’re at the alternative school you can’t participate in any activities here,” said Bradley.
Iraisha is also a junior at the CEC, and is in the same boat.
“They’re telling me I can’t go to prom after I went all out, took everyone’s shift from both of my jobs to make my best friend Ramo, he asked me to prom, to make his day and both of our days special, which now I can’t do because I go to CEC,” said Iraisha Montanez, CEC alternative school junior.
Selena’s mom Patricia says she called the Board of Education to file a complaint, but was told the decision is strictly based on the administration’s policy.