On the day of his 18th birthday, all Eufaula High School senior Bryce Maine wanted to do was give his grandmother an opportunity to enjoy what many consider a teenage right of passage — going to high school prom.
After all, his “nanny” Catherine Maine never made it to her her own high school prom, so Bryce thought it would be fun to take her as his date.
“Every woman deserves to go to a prom, no matter how old you are,” Bryce told CNN.
“My Grandma is the most important woman in my life and she’s never had a prom before so I figured why not let her go with me,” Bryce added to “Inside Edition.”
Of course, nanny Maine said yes and even went out to buy a dress for the special April 8 occasion.
But when the school caught wind of the situation, Bryce’s plans for an unforgettable evening with nanny came to a screeching halt.
Eufaula City Schools principal Steve Hawkins told Bryce his grandmother is in fact, not allowed to attend the dance as the school’s handbook states prom “attendees must be under the age of twenty and/or should be enrolled at EHS.”
“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,” Hawkins said in a statement.
Despite a social media campaign using the hashtag #LetNannyGoToProm, Hawkins’ decision still stands.
Nevertheless Bryce and nanny have decided to forgo prom altogether and still enjoy the evening.
“She’ll wear her gown and I’ll put on my tuxedo and we will get all dressed up, go out to a fancy meal, and have our own prom,” Bryce told CNN.