HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Two state lawmakers say they are introducing legislation that would allow a Shelton high school teenager to attend his prom.

School administrators barred James Tate from the June 4 dance after he asked a girl to prom by posting an invitation in big cardboard letters in the side of the school.

WCBS 880’s Fran Schneidau reports: Perillo Said Tate’s Move Was A Romantic Gesture, Not An Incident Of Property Damage

Tate’s plight has become a cause celebre, and landed him appearances on several national talk shows.

Republican State Reps. Jason Perillo of Shelton and Sean Williams of Waterbury say they are drafting an amendment that would force school officials to give parents an option of community service when a student is barred from a school event for a policy violation within the last month of the school year.

“Give the kid a break,” Perillo said. “It was cute. It was far more romantic and creative than anything I could ever come up with.”

The school’s headmaster has made no public comment about the punishment.

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Comments (6)
  1. AvaGrace says:

    Let him go to the prom but make him work at the school for no pay to give him some values.

    1. Rodin says:


      That kid has higher “values” and way more common sense than the mindless, unimaginative by the book, unbending, humorless, authoritarian principal.

      That is EXACTLY what the kid has asked for. Not very original of you.

      BTW, TWO students are being punished James AND Ms Rodrigues, a star athlete at the school.

  2. Pops says:

    the headmaster’s an effing idiot…

  3. Rodin says:

    I don’t get it. What a waste of time and energy! What’s the infraction? Imagination? Maybe someday someone will explain “inanity” to me.


  4. Dale Auburn says:

    I find it odd that the normal punishment (suspension) is augmented by banishment from the prom just because the incident happened after 4/1. Does the exact date make James Tate’s actions more or less damaging?

    Maybe the other students should respond by boycotting the prom. Of course, the headmaster” will then REQUIRE everybody to buy a ticket (including Tate) and attend the prom (except Tate).

  5. Bob Fowler says:

    It was a nice idea that went bad, thanks to the over-reaction of the headmaster. Is there really a school policy against posting on the school as Tate did?

    The truly sad part of this is, 2 legislators, who should be focusing on issues of importance, are looking for some easy positive publicity. That is embarrassing, that these elected and publicly paid representatives couldn’t find more important things to focus on, and are now attempting to waste the state’s time on. Perillo and Williams need to find themselves looking for real jobs come the next election.

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