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A right to go to prom?



A group (one?) of Land O'Lakes High School students are circulating a form letter complaining about their principal. Why? She's enforcing the school district policy that says students who have 10 or more unexcused absences within 90 days cannot participate in extracurricular activities. In this case, it means that dozens of kids won't be allowed to attend prom. "We all believe this is extremely unfair to the seniors that have waited four years, or even their whole life, to go to the senior prom," the students write. "I understand if we were all failing, but the majority of us have senioritis." School district officials are having none of the wailing, saying the policy is clearly stated in the handbooks the students carry with them every day. "It's a natural consequence for not being present," student services director Lizette Alexander says. Who's right?

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:15am]


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