- 2 years ago
- Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!
So, last weekend was prom at my brother’s high school (same school I went to, but it’s changed a lot in the last 8 years). It’s his senior year, he’s a very popular guy, he’s a great looking young man, and I thought he was regarded highly among his peers.
He decided to go to his senior prom alone, because he’s already been to 3 other proms with his older girlfriend, who is now in college (she went to a different high school).
When people at school found out he was going solo, they asked him if he would take a prom pic alone and if they could use it for the school newspaper. He thought sure, whatever, why not?
It turns out that they used his picture and put it on the front page of the school newspaper with the headline “Hipster makes statement and goes to prom alone.” Then they WROTE AN ARTICLE about how he would probably, “Show up late, leave early, and eat with his imaginary date at Denny’s afterwards, because that’s what the cool kids do.”
He had no idea that they were going to use that picture against him, to make fun of him in front of the whole school. And I should also say that it’s not like he made his suit out of duct tape. My brother is a very classy young dude and he wore a classic, well tailored and pretty expensive suit. Even his teacher was like, “Man, L, I can’t believe a good looking guy like you can’t get a date to the prom!”
I kept saying, “L, why didn’t you just tell everyone your gf is in college and that’s why you’re going by yourself?”
He’s such a nonconfrontational person that he didn’t say anything to anyone at all… and my mom said now she can’t get him to go to school today.
I feel like I want to call the school Newspaper’s teacher (I had her) and ask her what the hell she was thinking!? But at the same time, I don’t want to get involved and make matters worse for him. My heart aches for him because it’s his senior year, and I wanted him to leave high school on a high note… not go out feeling like the whole school is making fun of him and is against him.
What would you do if this happened to your son/daughter/sister/brother?