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    Default School Refuses to let Airman Escort His Sister to Prom

    So is it politically incorrect to tell a service member "no"? I understand the kid is wanting to do something special for his little sister, but there shouldn't be a special set of rules just because you're a service member.
    A Kansas school district is standing by its decision not to allow a member of the Air Force to escort his sister to the prom because he was too old.

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    The incident has stirred controversy in the city of Liberal after teenager Courtney Widener wrote an essay to the local newspaper voicing her extreme displeasure at the rule that kept her 22-year-old brother from escorting her to last weekend’s prom.

    Courtney Widener had been getting ready for prom she learned that her brother was coming home for the weekend from a deployment to Afghanistan.

    She knew that Casey was too old to attend the prom, but she was hoping he would be able to escort her down the “red carpet” – a popular local prom tradition that is broadcast on a local television station.

    Both the school’s principal and the district superintendent turned down her request – fearing it would “open the door for others” to bend the rules.



    So on prom night, Courtney’s brother, dressed in his Air Force uniform, escorted his sister to the edge of the red carpet. Video of the moment showed him standing at attention as she walked through a crowd of people. He gave her a crisp salute when she entered the school.

    The young teenager was so upset over how her brother was treated, she wrote a letter to the Leader & Times newspaper.

    “Not only is my brother my hero, but he ‘is’ a hero,” she wrote. “Not only did my brother fight for me in Afghanistan, but he fought for you in Afghanistan.”

    “So now, the young man who was too old was forced to stand alone and watch me walk into my first prom instead of escorting me there himself,” she wrote. “The young man who has sacrificed so much for our country was unwelcome at his own alma mater.”

    Courtney is calling for the school district to change its policy.

    “Not only was a member of the United States military rejected by our school, but if there was a parent who wanted to escort their son or daughter, they would not be allowed in,” she added. “I never thought our school would be ashamed of their own alumni, much less someone who served our country in Afghanistan.”

    Keith Adams, the principal of Liberal High School, sent Fox News a 16-paragraph reply to the student’s letter. He denied they were trying to dishonor anyone and strongly lectured the community about following the rules of the school.

    “Rules are not meant to ‘dishonor’ anyone,” he wrote. “They are in place to give order to a process.”

    And while Adams said Courtney had every right to be proud of her brother, the fact is that no one forced the airman to stand alone.

    “This was something he chose to do – no one forced him, and no one prevented him,” the principal said. “Casey Widener is an American Airman to be honored, and our school and community are proud of his service to our country. He was in no manner intentionally dishonored and kept from attending prom due to his military service. It was simply the matter of his age being too old to meet current policy.”

    The decision has sparked widespread discussion across the community – with many siding against the school.

    “This is disgusting,” wrote one parent. “As a parent of a child attending liberal high am also offended by this policy.”

    The principal took the community to task for questioning the school’s rules.

    “It is unfortunate that her letter, along with other slanderous propaganda posted on social media has brought false accusations against our district and taken away from the true purpose of the prom,” he wrote. “Please do not vilify our school and administration for doing their jobs. Hurling negative comments around the community and social media does nothing but tear us apart.”

    The principal also noted that the airman was introduced and the audience applauded. He also pointed out that another service member who was of appropriate age was admitted into the prom without incident.

    “The rules simply have to be enforced consistently for everyone – and to the best of human ability they are enforced,” the principal wrote.

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    Default Re: School Refuses to let Airman Escort His Sister to Prom

    She wants to take her brother to the prom?

    Ick.

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    Default Re: School Refuses to let Airman Escort His Sister to Prom

    I'll side with the school on this one. By her own admission she knew the policy and now she's raising hell because she didn't get her way. Neither the principal the school district discriminated against her brother. They simply enforced a policy that had an age requirement. Note, the principal did introduce her brother as well as another service member who was within the school's age requirement policy.

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    Okay, no joke, my first base in NM, had a friend in AF, early 20's, we gave him so much shit because
    He went to his 18yr old girlfriends prom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tak View Post
    Okay, no joke, my first base in NM, had a friend in AF, early 20's, we gave him so much shit because
    He went to his 18yr old girlfriends prom.
    We had a MSgt who brought is 18-year high school old daughter to a Dining-Out. We though he was just dating a woman in her early 20s because she was a knockout. Definitely better looking than most of the Miss America and Miss Hooters contestants.

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    Default Re: School Refuses to let Airman Escort His Sister to Prom

    Quote Originally Posted by 70gto View Post
    So is it politically incorrect to tell a service member "no"? I understand the kid is wanting to do something special for his little sister, but there shouldn't be a special set of rules just because you're a service member.
    Quote Originally Posted by LogDog_guest View Post
    I'll side with the school on this one. By her own admission she knew the policy and now she's raising hell because she didn't get her way. Neither the principal the school district discriminated against her brother. They simply enforced a policy that had an age requirement. Note, the principal did introduce her brother as well as another service member who was within the school's age requirement policy.
    Agreed. So tired of the 'I'm a military member/veteran' so I should get what I want regardless.

    Spoiled brats.

    The title of the story and thread should be "School Refuses to let 22 year old Escort His Sister to Prom," because being too old was the problem...not being military.
    Last edited by VFFTSGT; 04-29-2013 at 06:08 PM.

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    Default Re: School Refuses to let Airman Escort His Sister to Prom

    She's a brat.

    From what the article says (or doesn't specifically state otherwise) is that she was going to the prom alone anyway. She'd have been walking the "red carpet" alone ANYWAY. From what I can tell, she was told no and then lashed out when an adult actually applied a rule. How horrible.

    I'd hate to be her parent. I wonder how the brother feels about this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VFFTSGT View Post
    Agreed. So tired of the 'I'm a military member/veteran' so I should get what I want regardless.

    Spoiled brats.

    The title of the story and thread should be "School Refuses to let 22 year old Escort His Sister to Prom," because being too old was the problem...not being military.
    Add to that the people, usually women, who invoke the father's military service when they're advocating for something. I always want to tell them "Tell us what your military service is, not you father's. Your father's service belongs to your father and it's not a card that's inherited for you to use whenever you want. And don't mention military service unless it's directly related and relevant to the issue."

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    Default Re: School Refuses to let Airman Escort His Sister to Prom

    And if you watch the video...the kid is clearly out of uniform...we don't wear hats on the side of our heads - it's not a fashion statement. I hope some supervisor gets in this kids a$$.

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    Default Re: School Refuses to let Airman Escort His Sister to Prom

    Quote Originally Posted by 70gto View Post
    So is it politically incorrect to tell a service member "no"? I understand the kid is wanting to do something special for his little sister, but there shouldn't be a special set of rules just because you're a service member.
    No, there shouldn't be special rules for servicemembers...but on that same note, why in hell is there an age limit on having someone walking someone down the red carpet? So friggin' what? The person walks them down the red carpet and then leaves. I can see if there are rules not allowing older people to actually go inside and be part of the prom, but not letting someone walk down the red carpet? What's next...telling people what kind of car they can and can't arrive in?

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